Publications 2017

After Schulz: the election of the new president of the European Parliament

9 January 2017
Andrew Duff (President of the Spinelli Group and Visiting Fellow at the European Policy Centre. Member of the European Parliament 1999-2014)

The election of the next president of the European Parliament will take place next Tuesday in Strasbourg. Already the press wheels out its usual reports of backroom deals and an imminent ‘stitch-up’ between party bosses. However, the truth is much more democratic and therefore complicated, says Andrew Duff. Who gets the top job is a decision that belongs uniquely to MEPs. In this Discussion Paper, he takes a closer look at the election of Martin Schulz’s successor and discusses Parliament’s rules for the election; the candidates; what may motivate MEPs to vote for whom; and lastly, whether this election matters very much at all.

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