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The Maastricht Debate 2019 took place on April 29 with the lead candidates of the European political parties for the role of European Commission President. It’s been five years since the last Maastricht Debate, where current European Commission President Juncker defended his vision for Europe and outlined what he would do if elected.

The debate will focus on the concerns of students and young people across Europe, many of whom will be voting for the first time.

Spitzenkandidaten participating in the 2019 edition of The Maastricht Debate:

Bas Eickhout for the European Green Party
Frans Timmermans for the Party of European Socialists
Violeta Tomić for the Party of the European Left
Guy Verhofstadt for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Jan Zahradil for the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe

The moderators for the debate are:
Ryan Heath, political editor at POLITICO
Rianne Letschert, rector at Maastricht University

The Maastricht Debate 2019 is being jointly organized by three partners from Maastricht: Working on Europe – Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg – as well as the European Youth Forum and the European Journalism Centre.
On this occasion, the organizers have invited POLITICO, the leading European publication for EU influencers, to ensure an extensive reach to the widest possible audience.

You can’t just keep promising investment before elections and deliver austerity once elections are over
Bas Eickhout

#ItsTime that we make these companies pay fair taxes for the profits they make off your data.
Frans Timmermans

We need a European #Internet model, where it’s not #Facebook that decides what’s possible and not. Just like GDPR, we need clear rules in Europe, says @guyverhofstadt at #MaastrichtDebate #EP2019
Guy Verhofstadt

Brexit caused by fake news” and “we need a fake news scale
Violeta Tomić

The Commission can’t create jobs for you. The Commission can however create the right atmosphere to create jobs.
Jan Zahradil

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