Angela Merkel has warned about the renewal of the extreme right in Europe as EU leaders are descending to Brussels today to open the hunt for a new generation of top officials in the aftermath of elections that undermine traditional alliances.
In an interview with CNN the day after the European elections, the German Chancellor said that there is work to be done & # 39; and that the country must confront the ghosts of the past. & # 39;
& # 39; We must tell our young people what history has brought us and others, & she said.
& # 39; In Germany, of course, they must always be seen in a certain context, in the context of our past, which means that we have to be much more vigilant than others, & # 39; she said.
The German Chancellor told CNN that young people should be made aware of history to prevent the rise of the extreme right in Europe
Her remarks come only a few days after Felix Klein, the government's senior official against anti-Semitism, said that Jews should be careful where they want to wear the Keppel.
Germany has also seen an increase in the number of anti-Semitic and anti-alien incidents in the past year.
The four days of voting that ended on Sunday in the 28 countries of the European Union put an end to the dominance of the most important center-right and center-left parties in the Parliament and directed the anti-EU forces on the right and the environmentalists on the left on forces to be taken into account.
Voters delivered the highest turnout in 20 years and reject regular politics in France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy.
The Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini has contacted other nationalist parties in Europe in an attempt to form an international group
The results could make Europe's administration even more difficult, leaving Parliament stuck with the key issues to come, such as immigration, an important trade agreement with the United States, the greenhouse effect, regulation of the technical industry and of course the Brexit.
The results of the elections are already triggering a power struggle, while EU officials are starting the process of selecting the next wave of leaders.
The pro-EU president of France and the leader of the euroskeptic of Italy, the extreme right-wing movement that jockeyed on Monday for the role of chief commissioner on the mainland.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron's party hardly lost the extreme right-wing French, led by Marine Le Pen. Macron, whose party was in balance to get 21 seats to 22 for Le Pen & # 39; s National Rally, spent Monday gathering allies prior to a summit Tuesday in Brussels, hoping for a sustainable pro-EU coalition to build.
In Italy, the right-wing party party of Matteo Salvini won a third of the country's votes and is ready to become one of the largest parties in the European Parliament with 28 seats in the 751-parliamentary term. But his ambitions reached higher.
By noon he had already spoken to Le Pen, Hungary's hardline anti-immigrant priest, Viktor Orban, and the Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage, and he promised to deliberately bring together a contradiction in terms – an international group nationalists.
& # 39; We want to be a group with at least 100 members and have the ambition to be at least 150 if everyone can overcome jealousy, sympathies and dislikes. To create an alternative, you play. You don't do it by turning your nose around, & he said.
The center-right European People's Party and center-left Socialists and Democrats have dominated parliament by a combined majority since the direct elections were first held in 1979. With still results, the EPP was on the right track to secure 180 seats, 217 five years ago. The socialists were scheduled to win 145, less than 187.
Riding with what they call the & # 39; green wave & # 39; of Europe, environmental protection parties who wanted to take action against climate change won strong profits, especially in Germany. Another mainstream formation, the free-market ALDE group supported by Macron, saw its interest in the Parliament rise to 109 seats, from 68 in 2014.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been weakened by his decision to be personally involved in the European elections and only comes second after Marine Le Pen's extreme right-wing party
For Parliament to elect a President of the European Commission and ultimately implement legislation, new and uncomfortable alliances must be forged, and almost all of them will require a combination of ALDE and the Greens.
Taking into account the potential of the extreme right to turn against itself, Macron launched a flurry of meetings prior to Tuesday's dinner summit where EU presidents and prime ministers take stock of election results.
He started with Spain and would hold discussions with the leaders of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
& # 39; The future majority of the European Parliament passes through us without questions. There is no one without us, & # 39; Pascal Canfin, one of the most important candidates of the Macron party, told France Inter radio.
In Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right movement also lost ground, leaders of the country's government assembled to weigh the consequences of their worst post-war elections in a nationwide election.
The center-right movement of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel also lost ground in the European elections
The most important task to be fulfilled is that of President of the European Commission, the powerful President of the Union, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker.
Under the EU Treaties Law, the European Council appoints a committee chair of 28 national leaders, after which the new 751-member Parliament ratifies their choice.
But the procedure, although apparently uncomplicated, masks a complex power struggle between rival states and ideological blocs and between leaders and parliament itself.
Juncker & # 39; s deputy and the center-left challenger for the top job, former minister Frans Timmermans, compares the ruthless intrigue with & # 39; Game of Thrones & # 39 ;.
And the game starts on Tuesday, when Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, organizes EU leaders for a summit dinner in Brussels to lay down the basic rules.
Many in Brussels argue that the European project can best be served by a & # 39; political committee & # 39; led by a president with a mandate from the transnational parliament.
But most leaders think that the legitimacy of the union is derived from its member states and that the Council should choose one of them, someone with leadership experience.
The results of the EU elections have not strengthened the hand of parliament, except perhaps the impetus of the larger-than-expected voter turnout.
While a threatening wave of Eurosceptic and extreme right-wing populist parties was contained, the pro-Europe center was fragmented, with liberals and Greens conquering territory.
In previous years, a coalition of socialist S&D and conservative EPP could exercise a majority. Now they cannot rule without the liberal ALDE or the Greens.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of extreme right-wing party Matteo Salvini celebrated the election results in Milan last night – his biggest party in Italy
And this complicates their choice of a & # 39; spitzenkandidat & # 39; – or leading candidate.
As lead candidate of the EPP, which lost ground but remains the largest voting unit, the Bavarian conservative Manfred Weber thinks he should lead the Commission.
& # 39; We won the elections and the EPP candidate, Manfred Weber, will be the President of the Commission & # 39 ;, party member President Joseph Daul insisted when the votes were counted.
Despite his confidence, the party has lost ground, starting with 40 seats in the election.
On paper, eight of the 28 EU leaders come from EPP parties, but the Fidesz of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been suspended and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has been fired on Monday.
Timmermans, a center-left Dutchman with more executive experience, receives support from S&D and ALDE can, while doubting the process, support Margrethe Vestager.
French right-wing Rassemblement National (RN) President and Member of the French Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks after the forecasts for the results of the elections to the European Parliament
The Danish Competition Commissioner could win the support of French President Emmanuel Macron, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel is behind Weber.
But, according to a senior European official, when it comes to a Franco-German collision, the leaders can decide to prevent a crisis and restore a Timmermans compromise.
& # 39; I imagine a certain number of leaders will try to torpedo a pointed candidate, but not all pointed candidates, & # 39; said the official on condition of anonymity.
The big three groups are united in contrast to the extreme right-wing Eurosceptics, but there are signs that the Greens, ALDE and S&D may prefer a progressive candidate over the EPP.
Vestager is a younger choice, has a certain profile as the woman who took over the American internet giants as supervisor and would be the first female president.
But she is from Denmark – a non-core member who signed out for the euro and the Schengen passport-free zone – and would probably not get the support of her home government.
She could have Macron, but the decision of the French leader to personally invest in the campaign to finish second on Marine Le Pen's far-right list has been weakened.
Enter Timmermans. & # 39; Everyone recognizes his intellectual brio. He fought with passion for the rule of law, & said the senior official, suggesting that the ground is shifting.
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