Manfred Weber: EPP Spitzenkandidat for 2019 European Parliament elections

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Reports and analyses of Manfred Weber's campaign as the lead candidate for the 2019 European elections on behalf of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).

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Manfred Weber - the leader of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament - announced on 5 September 2018 his bid to become the political group's lead candidate at the 2019 European elections. Mr Weber was the first to announce his candidacy and on 8 November he won the election at the annual EPP Congress with 79 percent of votes. Under the so-called Spitzenkandidat system he became the EPP candidate for President of the European Commission.

At the early stage of the campaign, issues like the solution for a name dispute in southeastern Europe, the role of Hungary's Fidesz party in the EPP and the rise of the populist far-right were relevant political issues for Mr Weber.

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EPP: Press Release, 08.11.18: Manfred Weber elected as EPP candidate for the President of the European Commission

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