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euractiv | Green lead candidate hits back at EPP attempts to exclude her group from Commission majority, 31 May
The centre-right EPP is projected to remain in charge of the European Commission after the EU elections, but it needs to team up with other European Parliament groups for its candidate for the presidency to pass the investiture vote.
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euractiv | Meet the parties fighting for power in the European [Parliament], 1 June illustrated
However, the Greens' offer to join the Commission's majority in exchange for policy concessions has been received coolly by the EPP. Daniel Caspary, leader of the EPP's largest delegation, the German CDU, claimed that the Greens proved unreliable when voting against the EU's migration reform.

"The Greens should not be part of the Commission majority because they are very dogmatic and ideological in the European Parliament," Jens Spahn, a leading national CDU lawmaker, told Euractiv. Commission President and EPP lead candidate Ursula von der Leyen also appeared to doubt the Greens' suitability.

"We will see how the Greens behave after the elections", she told WDR on Monday when asked about her coalition options, noting that the Greens voted against parts of the Green deal "because they wanted more."
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dailynewshungary | Hungary to lose important Brussels position
"Fed up with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's constant obstructionism on Ukraine, his fellow EU leaders plan to punish him by giving his country a weak portfolio in the next European Commission," POLITICO writes, citing three diplomats who requested anonymity.
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reuters | Thousands rally to back Hungary's Orban ahead of EU vote, 1 June
"The results of the EP and local elections on June 9 will reveal how big Orban's domestic political challenges are and whether Magyar poses a greater threat to Fidesz or other opposition parties," said Andrius Tursa at think tank Teneo.
The diplomats also told POLITICO that EU officials "have no appetite for" Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement from Hungary.
euractiv | EU ministers fume as 'outrageous' Hungary yet again blocks military aid for Ukraine, 27 May absent 'abstention'
The Commissioner plays a significant role in discussions about Ukraine's and Balkan states' accession to the EU, which is problematic because, as the diplomats note, Hungary has been openly and consistently attempting to halt the accession talks and block aid to Ukraine.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 2nd, 2024 at 05:06:25 PM EST
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