In an attempt to dismiss concerns over her candidacy to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Danish-born Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, reaffirmed on Tuesday her desire to take the helm of the EU executive, saying “I am still a candidate”.
Vestager, a politician in the same mould as French President Emmanuel Macron, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Dutch Premier Mark Rutte, is from the European liberal wing of politics, like the French President Emmanuel Macron, the Belgian premier Charles Michel and the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte
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“I have been very active in the campaign,” said Vestager, adding, “Of course it is for everyone to have their views, but I am still a candidate.”
Despite the reluctance of the Social Democrats and the EPP, the parties are still pushing hard to have their candidate succeed Juncker. Members of Vestager’s own political family have been less-than-enthusiastic about her candidacy with Michel, Belgium’s outgoing premier, and Belgian ex-Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt having other plans.