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The 5 contenders for the presidency of the subsequent European Commission will debate in Brussels

Eurovision is organizing a debate on Thursday May 23 on the European Parliament with the leaders of the main European political teams – the Spitzenkandidaten – who want to grow to be the subsequent President of the Commission, two weeks earlier than the European elections.

However, solely 5 audio system are current: Ursula von der Leyen, for the European People's Party (EPP), Nicolas Schmit for the socialists (S&D), Sandro Gozi (Renew), Terry Reintke for the ecologists (Greens) and Walter Baier for the European left.

Missing is a number of representatives of the far proper, who’re main within the polls in a number of international locations. The European Conservatives and Reformists (CRE), Giorgia Meloni's group, and the Identity and Democracy group (the RN group) refused to call any chief. They don’t take part as a result of they’re against the system of Spitzenkandidat and due to this fact didn’t nominate candidates for the presidency of the Commission. Under these situations, explains the European Union of Broadcasters, Eurovision refused to ask a member of those teams.

During their discussions, scheduled in English (however translated reside into the twenty-four official languages ​​of the European Union), that are scheduled to final till 4:45 p.m., the 5 candidates will debate six themes: economic system and employment, protection and safety, local weather and setting, democracy and management, migration and borders, in addition to innovation and know-how.

According to the European Parliament press launch, “ questions will be asked by the audience in the chamber, by spectators at events organized by Parliament's liaison offices in EU member states, via social media and by the two moderators. They will also conduct one-on-one interviews with the candidates, in a new segment of the Eurovision 2024 debate, called “Spotlight”.

In France, the talk can be broadcast reside on the Franceinfo channel (TNT channel 27) and the franceinfo.television web site. You may also comply with it on the European Parliament web site.

The leaders of the main political groups in the European Parliament, candidates for the presidency of the European Commission, Sandro Gozi, for Renew Europe Now;  Terry Reintke for the European Greens;  Walter Baier, for the European Left;  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for the European People's Party and Nicolas Schmit for the Party of European Socialists pose together before a debate at the European Parliament in Brussels, Thursday May 23, 2024.