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Who Should be the Next EU Commission President?
Frans Timmermans (PES)
The election of Timmermans, a Dutch, would symbolize that smaller member countries of the EU, too, are welcome and able to contribute at the highest level of the union.
Timmermans has the right
for the post. He was Dutch Minister of European Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and, since 2014, is First Vice-President of the EU Commission.
Frans Timmermans campaigns for a Europe that is more equal.
Frans Timmermans campaigns for a more ecological Europe.
Timmermans has the
; he is known for his extraordinary oratory and fluent in seven languages. These abilities are vital to successful political leadership.
Timmermans is a principled politician fighting for the
of the EU.
The EU struggles with criticism and opposition from within against how it is run. Timmermans, as a long-standing EU insider, is not the right person to build bridges and unify the EU's member states.
Timmermans was critized by
Esteban González Pons
, a member of the EPP, for not stepping down as commissioner while campaigning.
Frans Timmermans might be less driven to make the necessary changes once in office, as he's settled into certain routines working for the EU for a longer period of time.