EU Parliament President almost certainly Italian

EU Parliament President almost certainly Italian

World January 15, 2017 14:06

strasbourg - The 751 Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday to choose a new president. The Social Democrat Martin Schulz swapped after 22 years, the last five as parliament president, the European political stage for the German national politics. He is the secret ballot of up to four rounds itself.

The battle seems to be a purely Italian affair with a Belgian touch. Expected, the final between two Italian men of the main groups in parliament: the Christian Democrat Antonio Tajani (63) and Schulz 'S \u0026 amp; D colleague Gianni Pittella (58). Schulz's successor is appointed for the next two and a half years, the second half of the mandate of the current parliament. In 2019 there are European elections again.

Former EU Commissioner Tajani thinks he has the right to the chair. His group, the had in 2014 with S \u0026 amp in the European People's Party (EPP) united Christian Democrats (217 seats including that of the CDA), D (189 seats, with Labour) and ALDE (68 seats, with the VVD and D66) agreed that the EPP could provide the next president. But 'achterkamertjes' deal is to EPP rage inflated by Pittella.

It is not excluded that when two dogs fight for a bone, it is a third way. That would be the leader may have the ALDE group, the Liberal former Prime Minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt (63), or his compatriot Helga Stevens, a 48-year-old Flemish from the Group of Conservatives and Reformists (74 seats, with the Christian Union and SGP). She was born deaf and is assisted by a sign language interpreter.

Should it still be Tajani, then all three EU top positions in the hands of the Christian Democrats. Also, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a Luxembourger, and the Polish president of the European Council, 'EU President' Donald Tusk, belong to the EPP family. Tusks term expires or this summer.

In the first round each group is expected to support its own candidate. Three other groups also make an effort: United Left (52 seats, SP and PvdD) with the Italian Eleonora Forenza, Greens including GroenLinks (51 seats) with the British Jean Lambert (66) and Europe of Nations and Freedom (40 seats including PVV) with the Romanian Laurenţiu Rebega.\n  \n  \n   advertisement

If no candidate has obtained an absolute majority after the third round, there comes a decisive fourth round between the two candidates with the best results in the third ballot. The chairman will be elected by a simple majority.

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