Today the Bureau and heads of national delegations of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament met to discuss the proposal from the European Council to nominate German minister Ursula von der Leyen as the next Commission president.

“This proposal is deeply disappointing for us. Our Group has remained firm in the defence of European democracy and the leading candidate or Spitzenkandidat process, and we don’t want it to die. It is unacceptable that populist governments represented in the Council rule out the best candidate only because he has stood up for the rule of law and for our shared European values,” said  S&D Group leader Iratxe García.