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Who Should be the Next EU Commission President?
Manfred Weber (EPP)
Weber would be the most democratic choice. His political group in the EU Parliament, the European People's Party (EPP) group, currently holds
than any other candidate's group and is
likely to continue
to do so after the election.
is considered to be a man of the people and would be the best representative of their views, as many European citizens currently feel under-represented by conventional politicians.
Weber is advocating
. This makes him the best choice for the presidency.
Weber is lacking political charisma, while the Commission needs to break with its technocratic image to foster its legitimacy.
Weber lacks the experience necessary to run an institution like the European Commission.
Weber has shown a questionable openness to and even affinity for those who openly criticize and undermine the foundations of the EU, for example Viktor Orbán.
A German at the head of the EU's executive is likely to further fuel
within the EU and the perception that a few large countries dominate it.