Will Hungarian MEPs support Von der Leyen?

It’s still unclear whether Hungarian MEPs will vote for Ursula von der Leyen’s candidacy for the European Commission’s presidency or not, because even if most of them accept her as a candidate, they’re not satisfied with the process of the nomination.

MEPs of the Democratic Coalition – which is a member of the S&D group – told ATV.hu they haven’t decided yet, the party’s presidency will make a decision next week.

Liberal Momentum (Renew Europe) thinks Von der Leyen is a good candidate, but they will decide after the candidate holds discussions with the group. MEP Anna Donath said she’s glad that Renew Europe MEPs don’t have to vote the same way in this question. In fact, Momentum’s two MEPs don’t even agree with each other. After the European Council’s summit, both Katalin Cseh and Anna Donath reacted to the candidates on Facebook. Cseh was glad that for the first time in history a woman can lead the EU, while Donath was fuming that the decision was made behind closed doors.

The MEP of the conservative Jobbik, Marton Gyongyosi thinks both the candidate herself and the process is unacceptable. He reminded that Von der Leyen showed a poor performance as Germany’s defence minister, she had several scandals and the nomination process was anti-democratic. He told Alfahir.hu last week that Jobbik finds Von der Leyen unsuitable for the post and he said it’s unfortunate that the Council disregarded the Spitzenkandidat system, which is a good initiative towards a more democratic EU.

Socialist MEP Istvan Ujhelyi said he will definitely vote against Von der Leyen, because he finds the nomination process unacceptable.

MEPs of the ruling Fidesz-KDNP delegation has already made it clear that they will support Von der Leyen.

Source: Hungary Journal
Photo: EP

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