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Following last week’s election of Antonio Tajani (European People’s Party (EPP), IT) as the European Parliament President, succeeding Martin Schulz who is now likely to run for German Chancellor, the new leadership of the European Parliament has taken shape.
We have drafted a one-stop-shop that provides an overview of the Parliament’s leadership for 2017-2019 and the MEPs who will shape the Parliament’s main political lines on key topics such as Brexit and the future priorities for Europe. They are operating in a new political setting; a post-Grand Coalition environment. It remains to be seen how permanent the breakdown of the alliance between the EPP, Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is and the impact on policy, but it is clear that the new leadership will look increasingly for political compromises over a common consensus.
The statistics show that Germany continues to be well represented in the upper echelons of the European Parliament. Poland is also slightly over-represented in comparison to the big Member States of France, UK and Italy. As for gender equality, the statistics still show a predominantly male oriented leadership, with especially all of the most powerful positions – the President of the Parliament along with the leaders of the four biggest Groups – taken by men.
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