Martin Schulz will not compete for a another term as president of the European Parliament, according to information from the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Instead, according to sources within his party, he will be ranked first in the North Rhine-Westphalian SPD national list at the Bundestag elections next year. This decision was already communicated internally on Wednesday evening in the circles of the provincial parties. Furthermore, the role that Schulz could take on in the federal policy for the SPD remains open.
Schulz’ mandate as President of the European Parliament will come to an end in January 2017. There is an agreement between the two main European political parties EPP and PSE about the turnover for the presidency. The main obstacle for the respect of the agreement is to find a good way out for Schulz. Many EU politicians, including President of the European Commission Juncker, wouldn’t have minded to see again Schulz leading the EU’s legislative body.
Now with Schulz potentially going back to Berlin, if confirmed, things could dramatically change, opening the way to the competition for the EU Parliament’s top position.
The position should go to the centre right European People’s Party: with, in pole position, Italian MEP and Vice-President of the Parliament Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia), followed by Alain Lamassoure (France) and Mairead McGuinness (Ireland).