The atmosphere was quite euphoric at the European Parliament’s Hemicycle last night, where the press was gathered for the announcement of the election results. All but one party representatives, including some of Spitzenkandidat rank-and-file, seemed to have good reason to celebrate.

The only exception was a very presidential and restrained Frans Timmermans, who admitted that his political family, the Social Democrats, did not have sufficient grounds to lay any claims to leadership or otherwi...

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