In his first remarks, the new EPP leader has criticized Hungary's Viktor Orban without actually mentioning him.
A compromise put forth by France, Germany, and Spain has been rejected by the Eastern European member states, Ireland as
France's leader remains firmly opposed to the candidacy of Manfred Weber, who is Merkel's favorite.
Viktor Orban, the Prime Minister of Hungary, said that Fidesz, his nationalist political party, could leave Europe’s main conservative alliance
Timmermans will be competing for the Socialist nomination with Slovakia's EU Commissioner Maros Sefcovic.