Von der Leyen Eyes Alliance with Pro-Ukrainian Parties

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.10 - 2024 11:38 AM CET

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Von der Leyen seeks new alliances in wake of European Parliament elections.

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Following the European Parliament elections, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen aims to build a coalition with pro-European and pro-Ukraine political parties.

Ursula von der Leyen, leader of the center-right European People's Party (EPP), announced her plan to form an alliance with parties that support European unity and Ukraine.

Speaking on Sunday, von der Leyen celebrated the EPP's victory in the elections and expressed her hope for a second term as the head of the European Commission.

A Call for Stability and Unity

"Today is a good day for the European People's Party. We won the European elections," von der Leyen said.

She pointed out that the results showed two key things: the strength of centrist politics and the rise in support for both far-left and far-right parties.

Von der Leyen stressed the need for stability.

"We are all interested in stability," she said, explaining her plan to talk with the Socialists and Democrats and the Renew Europe group.

The EPP has worked with these groups over the past five years, and von der Leyen wants to keep this cooperation going.

Building a Strong Europe

"I have always said that I want to build a broad majority for a strong Europe," von der Leyen stated.

This move comes as far-right and Eurosceptic parties failed to gain enough seats to challenge the centrist forces effectively.

Despite predictions, these groups could not break the hold of the centrist parties in the European Parliament.

In Italy, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's party won the European Parliament elections. Meloni, an important figure in the European Conservatives and Reformists group, will play a key role in alliance decisions and von der Leyen's potential re-appointment.

In contrast, Hungary's Fidesz party, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, had its worst performance in these elections. The rise of newcomer Peter Magyar has significantly changed the Hungarian political scene.

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