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The far right cries for censorship after its exclusion from the European electoral debate – POLITICO

Even von der Leyen was denounced by her rivals as a “fake” Spitzenkandidat, given that she is not running as an MEP and is therefore not directly eligible. His main rival, the lead candidate of the Socialists Nicolas Schmit, is also not running as an MEP, thus breaking with the tradition established by his two predecessors, Martin Schulz and Frans Timmermans.

Other parties presented more than one candidate for the role of a single person: the Greens, for example, presented MEPs Bas Eickhout and Terry Reintke.

The Liberals nominated three candidates, all of whom ruled out running for commission chair at their campaign launch event.

Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas also criticized the EBU’s decision to ban EU flags in Saturday’s final, describing it as a gift to the ‘enemies of Europe’ . | Johan Nilsson/AFP via Getty Images

Even politicians opposed to the far right criticized the EBU’s decision not to allow them to debate. “I would not exclude them, no,” said Domènec Ruiz Devesa, a Spanish socialist MEP and European federalist, who wants Spitzenkandidat system must work in tandem with a new constituency of MEPs who can be elected by all voters.

An EBU spokesperson wrote in an email: “Two parties… (ECR and ID)… have not nominated lead candidates for the presidency of the European Commission and are therefore not eligible to participate in the debate . »

A senior parliamentarian said the issue was a matter for the EBU and political parties and nothing had changed from debates in 2014 and 2019.


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