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Candidates to preside over the European Commission in the July 9 elections

Meet the candidates to preside over the European Commission in the July 9 elections

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 6, 2024 | 12:07 pm

Campaign for the presidency of the European Commission, a fight of ideals and strategies

The electoral campaign for the presidency of the European Commission It is characterized by a marked ideological and strategic struggle between the main candidates and political parties. This year, the race focuses on the figure of Ursula von der Leyen, current president of the Commission and member of the European People's Party (EPP), who seeks to revalidate his position with the support of his party. The German, recognized for her first term and the support she achieved among European leaders, is presented as the favorite to continue in office.

Meet the candidates to preside over the European Commission in the July 9 elections

The political scenario for these elections is one of great fragmentation, with several parties fighting for influence in a European Parliament which plays a crucial role in the approval of the President of the Commission. Unlike past elections, this time Parliament does not have transnational candidates, limiting voters to choosing only between candidates from their own Member State. This technical detail highlights the complexity of the European electoral system and how it can influence representativeness and the balance of power within Parliament.

Challenges and commitments of the candidates against the extreme right

One of the most sensitive issues of this campaign is the candidates' positioning regarding the extreme right. Both the Luxembourger Nicolas Schmit, of the social democratic group, like Sandro Gozi of the liberals, have made firm statements about not collaborating with far-right parties or candidates. This ideological firmness reflects the tensions within the European Parliament and is a clear indicator of the red lines that many groups are willing to draw in European politics.

The Green Party, represented by Terry Reintke and Bas Eickhout, focuses its campaign on promoting robust environmental policies. This approach not only responds to a global urgency, but also seeks to capitalize on growing public interest in sustainability policies. Their performance in the elections could be crucial in defining the European Union's environmental agenda in the coming years.

Next steps after the elections

Once the results of the elections are known, Negotiations will begin for the formation of political groups, a process that requires the collaboration of deputies from at least seven Member States. This phase will be decisive to understand the new power dynamics and prepare the ground for the next legislature, which will officially begin in July with the vote of the president of the Commission.

The citizens of Bilbao and all of Bizkaia, as an integral part of this political community, They have a fundamental role in these elections. Your vote not only decides who will represent you in the European Parliament, but also directly influences the political direction and policies that will develop in the European Union in the coming years.

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