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European Parliament Divided Over Next President

epa05536793 Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, chairs a session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 12 September 2016. The EU parliament's session on Energy and Cohesion comes ahead of the hearing of designate Commissioner Julian King by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Martin Schulz may be moving on from the European Parliament.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The European Parliament needs a strong president to lead during a time of deep division in Europe.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • In 2014, the European People’s Party and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats agreed to alternate the parliamentary presidency during the current legislative period.
    • Martin Schulz, a center-left Social Democrat from Germany, is serving his second term as president but his turn at the helm ends in January.
    • Short on strong candidates, the European People’s Party could choose their leader, Manfred Weber, as a safe bet to ensure Mr. Schulz doesn’t try to run again.
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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.

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