Manfred Weber

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Seeing the prize of the European Commission presidency slipping from their party’s grasp, the leaders of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: his influence in Europe is growing as Angela Merkel’s slips away. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard

The sun beats down on the limousines purring up the Rue de la Loi. The chukka-chukka of helicopters descends heavily from the skies above the Berlaymo(...)

At one level, the succession battle under way in Brussels is simply that: a bare-knuckle political fight for control of the key European institutions.(...)

  European Council president Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker:  business ended on Friday with  a brief Brexit discussion. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Although EU leaders on Thursday night laboured mightily to no apparent end to break their “top jobs” deadlock, their four-hour debate into the early h(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) speaks to  European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier   on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

A weary Donald Tusk told journalists in Brussels early this morning that EU leaders had failed to agree on a new president for the European Commission(...)

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani: has defended the importance of the public accountability involved in the spitzenkandidat system. Photograph: Julien Warnand/Reuters

Acknowledging the deadlock over appointments to the EU’s top jobs, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani suggested to leaders they should follo(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has his eye on the ECB governor role. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jens Weidmann has softened his stance on some of the European Central Bank’s most controversial policies, in a bid to alleviate concerns about his sui(...)

Leader of the European People’s Party and German candidate for the presidency of the European Commission Manfred Weber with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Juan Herrero

EU leaders had hoped for a Brexitless summit this week. It was not to be. The unfinished, noisy Tory leadership contest, not least the endless braggin(...)

Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

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