Three senior EU positions to be changed amid far-right political gains

Although far-right anti-refugee and anti-Muslim parties gained additional seats in the European Parliament, they did not manage to become the leading faction.
Josep Borrell (R), Ursula von der Leyen (M) and Charles Michel (L). (Photo: Archive)
Josep Borrell (R), Ursula von der Leyen (M) and Charles Michel (L). (Photo: Archive)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Following the results of last week's European Parliament elections, several significant changes in EU positions are expected.

Leaders from 27 European countries will convene in Brussels today to discuss the replacements of President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Council President Charles Michel, and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

Although far-right anti-refugee and anti-Muslim parties gained additional seats in the European Parliament, they did not manage to become the leading faction.

Ursula von der Leyen is likely to secure a second term as President of the European Commission. Her party, the European People's Party, emerged as the largest group in the elections, and the second-largest faction, the Social Democrats, has also expressed their support for her. Additionally, 12 European leaders back von der Leyen for reinstatement.

However, the future of Charles Michel and Josep Borrell remains uncertain, as it is unclear whether European leaders will support their continued tenure.

 

Additional reporting by Kurdistan24's correspondent in Brussels Barzan Hasan