|Publisher||European People's Party [EPP]|
|Publication Date||November 2018|
The 25th congress of the European People's Party was held in Helsinki, on 7-8 November 2018. Delegates used the occasion to renew the party statutes and discuss common positions on challenges facing the European Union.
At the congress, the party also elected its lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat) ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections.
Two candidates were competing for the position as EPP lead candidate - Alexander Stubb and Manfred Weber. The two politicians held an exchange of views before the election took place. Mr Weber was eventually declared winner on 8 November.
The congress was held amidst internal division within the European People's Party. At the meeting, delegates adopted a special resolution demanding respect for the values and freedoms at the core of the European Union. While the resolution was not explicitly associated with Hungary, several EPP officials suggested such connection.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Politics|
|Keywords||European People's Party [EPP]
|Countries / Regions||Europe|