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The Lead candidate – The spitzenkandidaten process

The new procedure to appoint the President of the European Commission was introduced in 2014 with the aim of strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the EU. Proponents of the Spitzenkandidaten innovation hope that it will personalise the campaigns; instil a European dimension; and demonstrate a clear link between election results and the role of the President of the European Commission; with the ultimate aim of increasing turnout and strengthening the democratic mandate of the Commission.

While the Spitzenkandidaten process was still in its infancy in 2014, the elections in 2019 Commission’s Spitzenkandidat process is at risk.

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