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Macron ‘would support’ Merkel for Commission president

2019-06-12 09:47:36       source:Politico

June 11, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday told Swiss TV station RTS that he would back German Chancellor Angela Merkel for European Commission president.

Asked about his stance in ongoing negotiations on EU top jobs, Macron said: "Europe needs strong personalities, it needs people with personal credibility and skills to fill the positions."

The French president reiterated that he had reservations about the Spitzenkandidat process, a procedure first used in 2014 whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for Commission president, with that position then going to the candidate of the party capable of forming a majority in the newly elected Parliament.

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