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Today the Bureau and heads of national delegations of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament met to discuss the proposal from the European Council to nominate German minister Ursula von der Leyen as the next Commission president.

The S&D Group leader Iratxe García said:

“This proposal is deeply disappointing for us. Our Group has remained firm in the defence of European democracy and the leading candidate or Spitzenkandidat  process, and we don’t want it to die.

“It is unacceptable that populist governments represented in the Council rule out the best candidate only because he has stood up for the rule of law and for our shared European values.”

MEPs involved

GARCÍA PÉREZ Iratxe
President
Spain

S&D press contact

TUTTLIES Utta
Group's spokesperson, Head of Department, Spokesperson S&D Group
Germany
MARTIN DE LA TORRE Victoria
President's spokesperson, Press Officer
Spain

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