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Will Merkel Become the Next President of the European Commission?

We've heard the rumour from a reliable source that Angela Merkel may run for the presidency of the European Commission.

We don’t know if this is true but let us look at the following facts.

  • Merkel is member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and has been German Chancellor (prime minister) since 2005.
  • The EU Commission President is not elected through elections but he or she is nominated by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament for a five-year term.
  • The next European elections will be between May 23 & 26 (2019). 705 MEPs will be elected from 27 member states.
  • National Political Parties belong to European Political groups. The CDU belongs to the European People Party (EPP). The Commission president usually comes from the European party with the most seats.
  • Germany would like the next Commission President to be German and Merkel is one of the few Germans who has a chance to be appointed to this function.
  • It would be a good way for Germany and for Merkel to leave national politics in an honourable way.
  • However, if it’s true, Merkel would have to leave national politics soon and the EPP should be the largest EU fraction after the 2019 elections …. which it has been since 1999. To make a long story short, it will depend on Merkel herself.