There’s a battle brewing over who will lead the European Parliament when Martin Schulz’s second term comes to an end. The center-right European People’s Party, the largest faction in parliament, has made one thing absolutely clear – they want Mr. Schulz, a center-left Social Democrat, to step aside.
According to Handelsblatt sources, the head of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, told Mr. Schulz that it’s now time for a conservative to lead the European Union’s legislature.
In 2014, the European People’s Party and the center-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats agreed to alternate the presidency during the five-year legislative period. Mr. Schulz’s two-and-a-half-year turn at the helm ends in late January.