Tuesday

23rd May 2017

Focus

German centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

  • Merkel is not running for an MEP seat, but she is already on all CDU billboards (Photo: Valentina Pop)

Jean-Claude Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the role of President of the European Commission, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters.

Forty days ahead of European elections, parties have started putting up posters and billboards.

Dear EUobserver reader

Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver.

Sign up for 30 days' free trial, no obligation. Full subscription only 15 € / month or 150 € / year.

  1. Unlimited access on desktop and mobile
  2. All premium articles, analysis, commentary and investigations
  3. EUobserver archives

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and all 28 member states.

♡ We value your support.

If you already have an account click here to login.

  • David McAllister (r) is the top CDU candidate for the EU elections (Photo: Valentina Pop)

While the Social-Democrats in Germany have Martin Schulz's face on their campaign material – the socialists' top candidate, both in Germany as number one on their MEP election list and Europe-wide as their nomination for commission president – the Christian-Democrats are going with a smiling Angela Merkel, even though she is not running for a seat in the European Parliament.

To make matters more complicated, the CDU also has regional leading candidates and a national top candidate – David McAllister – a former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony and a Merkel protegee.

Speaking to foreign journalists in Berlin on Tuesday (15 April), McAllister appeared nonplussed by the "strange debate" regarding Juncker's absence from the outdoor campaign.

He said that relations between the former Luxembourg leader and the Chancellor were very good and that it was her party who nominated Juncker as top candidate for the European People's Party last month in Dublin.

"Juncker is well-respected in Germany, he is also German-speaking, he will come to several events in Germany ahead of the elections," McAllister said.

But he also said that any campaign manager for the Christian Democrats (CDU) would put Merkel on the billboards "because she is a very popular politician in Germany".

"If the Social-Democrats had her [as a member], they would put her too," he quipped.

The half-Scottish politician, who unexpectedly lost the leadership of Lower Saxony in regional elections last year, was tipped as a potential Merkel successor.

He then found he had "a lot of time on his hands" and started learning French and "after consulting Merkel" decided to run for an MEP seat.

McAllister said the CDU is aiming to become the largest group in the European Parliament once again and to elect Juncker as head of the European Commission.

"It will be a tight race [with the Social Democrats], but we are confident we can win. The EPP looks good in Germany, Spain, Poland, in France it is coming back, too," McAllister said, referring to member states that have the greatest number of seats in the European Parliament.

Juncker campaign hits the road

A blue American-style campaign bus – with large photos, the slogan "Juncker for president" and social media handles – was parked in front of the church.

Merkel protegee eyes EU career

After an unexpected loss in regional elections earlier this year, Merkel's protegee, David McAllister, is eyeing an EU career as CDU top-candidate for the EU elections and possibly German commissioner.

Hungarian PM breaks ranks on Juncker

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said he will not support Jean-Claude Juncker's bid to become president of the European Commission even if the European People's Party wins the European elections.

EU parliament approves Juncker commission

MEPs have approved Juncker's new EU commission, with a slightly smaller majority than in 2010, and following a number of concessions on portfolios.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. Nordic Council of MinistersBecome an Explorer - 'Traces of Nordic' Seeking Storytellers Around the World
  2. Malta EU 2017Closer Cooperation and Reinforced Solidarity to Ensure Security of Gas Supply
  3. European Healthy Lifestyle AllianceHigh-Intensity Interval Training Is Therapeutic Option for Type 2 Diabetes
  4. Dialogue Platform"The West Must Help Turkey Return to a Democratic Path" a Call by Fethullah Gulen
  5. ILGA-EuropeRainbow Europe 2017 Is Live - Which Countries Are Leading on LGBTI Equality?
  6. Centre Maurits CoppietersWhen You Invest in a Refugee Woman You Help the Whole Community
  7. Eurogroup for AnimalsECJ Ruling: Member States Given No Say on Wildlife Protection In Trade
  8. European Heart NetworkCall for Urgent Adoption of EU-Wide Nutrient Profiles for Nutrition & Health Claims
  9. Counter BalanceInvestment Plan for Europe More Climate Friendly but European Parliament Shows Little Ambition
  10. Mission of China to the EUPresident Xi: China's Belt and Road Initiative Benefits People Around the World
  11. Malta EU 2017EU Strengthens Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Firearms
  12. International Partnership for Human RightsThe Cost of Speaking Out: Human Rights Violations Committed in Belarus

Latest News

  1. Fight club: Russian spies seek EU recruits
  2. An open letter to ministers on the audiovisual directive
  3. EU gives mandate for Barnier to take on Brexit
  4. EU wary over Ukrainian weapons in South Sudan
  5. Trump descends into 'hellhole' This WEEK
  6. Portugal held up as symbol of EU recovery
  7. Hungarians march against Orban crackdown
  8. Malta surprised by sudden interest in its tax regime