Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to support for Manfred Weber

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Following the European Council summit last week where EU leaders could not reach an agreement on who will be the future president of the European Commission, a new summit will take place on June 30th. Leaders are under pressure to reach an agreement on the key functions of the EU institutions before the first session of the new European Parliament on 2 July takes place.

“The CDU still supports Manfred Weber,” Kramp-Karrenbauer told Der Spiegel, calling on socialists and liberals to reconsider their position after they announced they would not support Weber.

The Spitzenkandidat system (the “lead candidate”) is a step towards a more democratic Europe. The European Parliament and parliamentary groups must carefully examine whether they should give up this progress, “Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

One of the main critics of the system is French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that Weber does not have enough “experience” and “credibility”.

Kramp-Karrenbauer said he had asked Macron to talk about “cross-border lists for the future”, referring to the creation of a new class of MEPs to represent a single EU-constituency, a proposal presented by Macron to the European Parliament but rejected by MEPs.

However, Kramp-Karrenbauer said that “without the main candidates, cross-border lists do not make sense.”

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