Outgoing President of the European Council and former Polish Prime-Minister Donald
Tusk will replace Frenchman Joseph Dal in the European People’s Party (EPP)
leadership. This shows the ever-increasing political weight that the Nordic and
Eastern member countries of the EU are gaining in the EPP.
This is no coincidence since the new Eastern EU member countries belong to the hardest core of the European right, in some cases their positions on specific issues flirt with the positions of the European extreme right, while upgrading their role and influence in the EPP and forging with the German Christian Democrats the new future highly conservative political positions of the EPP.
In EU member countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland dominate
over-conservative governments and political parties and the EPP generally
On the other side is France of Liberal Emmanuel Macron, a long time holding
the scepters to the Liberals of the EU, while the Liberals face problems in
Spain and Romania, because in these EU member countries they cannot raise their
low electorate percentages. On the other hand, the Socialists only exist in
The EPP is the dominant political power of the EU. The new President of the
European Commission, Ursula von der Lien, comes from the EPP. The EPP has the
largest group of Commissioners, because of the electoral rates achieved by the
EPP, as a first power, in the European elections in May.
The first two half-yearly EU Presidencies, the Croatian and German
counterparts, belong to governments coming from the European centre-right
Essentially next year (2020), it will be seen whether the EPP can influence
developments and pass its political positions on the various EU issues. These
political positions mainly concern the following EU issues:
Tackling refugee-migration on a new basis.
The management of
The European economy’s agenda and its development on a green-ecological
The EU budget.
The finalisation of the deposit guarantee scheme in the EU.
Changing the process and the rules on the enlargement of the EU.
The acceptance or not of the Western Balkans in the EU.
Climate change (due to the large rise of the electorate percentage of the
Green Party in the EU).
The European Greens indicate a remarkable dynamic and are the new political
rival of the EPP. The EPP strategies and their success would depend on largely
Since the EPP can pass the positions-its policies on these issues, the EU
will be directed to a very conservative view of tackling the problems that are
plaguing it. Since the end of next year (2020) in the US Presidential election
in November 2020 again elected US President Donald Trump all these conservative
EPP policies and by extension the EU policies will sooner or later clash with
the President Donald Trump’s policies.
Thanos S. Chonthrogiannis is an economist-researcher in the fields of economic research/business planning and strategic planning. His work experience moves in a wide professional field between managerial and advisory roles. He holds a degree in BSc (Econ) in Financial Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London and a postgraduate degree in MSc in Economics & Finance, University of Warwick (UK)