Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, is seemingly in the front running to be the next European Commission President. According to reports in the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir, two high ranking Croatian politicians are possible candidates for the top job in European politics, the Croatian President and the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic.
European Socialists and Liberals strongly oppose the candidacy of German Democrat Christian Manfred Weber for the European Commission's president, but agree that it belongs to the European People's Party (EPP), which is now seeking new candidates, and among those undeclared candidates are both Kolinda Grabar Kitarović and Andrej Plenković, reports Jutarnji List.
The article in the Le Soir newspaper is written by a prominent journalist, Jurek Kuczkiewicz, and confirms news from unspecified sources that the EPP is looking for a new candidate who could get broader support. The name of Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic keeps coming up, “a Head of State, with solid ministerial experience, who was also assistant to the Secretary General of NATO.”
Although it is unlikely that one of the Croatians could get the position of the President of the Commission, the fact that two Croatian candidates are mentioned can be interpreted as an expression of trust in the newest member of the EU.
After the European elections, the European People’s Party and Social Democrats remain the strongest parties in the European Parliament, but no longer have the majority and have to form a coalition with other pro-European parties, such as the liberal and greens.
The European People's Party currently holds three of the four highest positions - from its ranks are the President of the Commission, the European Council and the Parliament, while the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy has been assigned to the Social Democrats.
Now, however, the situation has changed, and the European People's Party is seeking only the seat of the European Commission's presidency, while they are willing to concede the other top positions to other parties.