The group president of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, has ended his bid to become president of the European Commission after the leaders of the EU moved to abandon the lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidaten, system.

During the EPP Group meeting, Weber announced to his colleagues that he is giving up his mandate as the lead candidate of the EPP, saying, "My journey started here last September as a lead candidate, here it ends," adding, "I will continue to fight for a democratic Euro...


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