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  EU Parliament’s Socialists want to keep hold of presidency, nix deal with center right
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 24, 2021 09:31am
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AuthorMaïa de La Baume
News DateTuesday, November 23, 2021 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionEuropean Parliament President David Sassoli doesn’t want to hand his job over to a member of the main conservative bloc, he told fellow Socialist MEPs Tuesday, despite a deal in place for that to happen.

MEPs will choose their next president on January 18, and Sassoli is believed to be seeking a second term, although he hasn’t officially announced his candidacy.

If the Socialists back Sassoli’s stance, it would mean going back on a 2019 deal after the election that year with the conservative European People’s Party that foresaw Sassoli relinquishing the top Parliament job to the EPP at the end of a two-and-half-year term. The EPP is already preparing to take over the presidency and its MEPs will vote for one of three candidates — Roberta Metsola, Esther de Lange and Othmar Karas — on Wednesday.

In his comments to MEPs on Tuesday, Sassoli made clear that the Socialists had won elections in many European countries of late, particularly in Germany, and “we have the possibility to get out of the austerity nightmare,” his spokesperson said.
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