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Von der Leyen: EPP will be the “anchor of stability” of the EU – Free Press

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Today is a good day for the European People’s Party (EPP), which won the European elections, said the president of the European Commission and the “spitzen candidate” of the EPP, Ursula von der Leyen, to the supporters of the party in Brussels.

Today is a good day for the European People’s Party (EPP), which won the European elections, said the president of the European Commission and the “spitzen candidate” of the EPP, Ursula von der Leyen, to the supporters of the party in Brussels.

– We are the strongest party, we are the anchor of stability. Together with others we will build a bastion against the extremists from the left and the right. We will stop them! – Von der Leyen said in the first address after the announcement of the results of the European elections, which indicate that the EPP will remain the strongest political group in the European Parliament.

Von der Leyen also told EPP members that the party “will protect the EU from populists.”

The EPP leader, Manfred Weber, on the other hand, pointed out that there was concern that “many politicians who want to destroy Europe” will enter the European Parliament.

– We deliver on migration, we ensure economic growth, we also ensure peacekeeping in Europe, in the European Union. This is what we offer and that is why the EPP is the best instrument against right-wing extremism in Europe – stressed Weber.

According to the still incomplete results of the European elections held from Thursday to today in the 27 member states of the EU, as reported by the MIA correspondent from Brussels, the center-right EPP won 186 parliamentary seats, ahead of the center-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. (SD) with 133 MEPs.

The third political force remains the liberals with 82 mandates, ahead of the right-wing group European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) with 70 and the extreme right-wing group Identity and Democracy (ID) with 60 seats. The bloc of the Greens and the European Free Alliance (EFA) won among 53 MEPs, and the Left won 36 seats.

The remaining 100 seats in the 720-member European Parliament went to parties that are not members of any European grouping, including the far-right Alternative for Germany (AFD), Italy’s populist Five Star Movement (M5S), the National Conservatives and the far-right the populist Fidesz of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the left-wing populist and nationalist Direction-Social Democracy (Smer-SD) of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, the social-democratic Glas-Social Democracy (Hlas) of Slovak President Peter Pellegrini and the German leftist and populist Alliance of Zara Wagenknecht (BSV).

Such results increase the chances of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who is the EPP’s “spitzencandidate”, for re-election.

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