GUE/NGL Group in the European Parliament reacted to the negotiations between other political groups concerning the election of the new President of the European Commission.
In particular the President of GUE/NGL Gabi Zimmer MEP, expressed her concern for Manfred Weber’s statements during the electoral campaign. In particular Weber equated the far-right, which judges people based on race, with the radical left that strives for more democracy and a social Europe.
In a statement Zimmer condemned Weber’s declarations.
“This divisive rhetoric is rather unfitting of someone aspiring for the top job at the European Commission,” she said.
“We reject any attempt by other political groups to exclude or discriminate against us during the upcoming negotiations in the European Parliament. We also expect to see a democratic and transparent process for the appointment of the Commission President. In principle, the future president should be a lead candidate that enjoys broad support from MEPs, elected in an inclusive, transparent and open way. Any future decision in the European Parliament must be made in this way, following institutional rules and procedures,” Zimmer added.
Zimmer also said that the Left rejects any backroom deals that further erode the trust of citizens and democratic values.
“Unfortunately, there are worrying indications that this is what other political groups are attempting. We will fiercely oppose such deals in the same way that we criticise them at the Council,” she concluded.
Gabi Zimmer will give a press conference tomorrow at 11:30 in the Anna Politkovskaya press room, European Parliament on the outcome of the European elections.