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LIVE TV DEBATE - 15th May - Presidential candidates for the European Commission

Candidates for the presidency of the European Commission went head-to-head in a live TV debate just one week before the European elections.

David Cameron, together with the 27 other EU leaders will propose one of the European Parliament's candidates for President of the European Commission. The President will sit for the 2014-2019 term.  


Watch the debate from Thursday 15th May


Five European political parties have so far nominated candidates. These five, representing widely differing political affiliations, will debate live on television with a "studio" audience in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Choose who's in charge in Europe

European citizens were encouraged to engage in the debate through social media (Twitter and Facebook), using the hashtag #TellEurope The choice of topics and the focus of the questions was influenced by this.

Hosted by Monica Maggioni, director of the Italian public television channel RAI News24

Jean-Claude Juncker for the European People's Party
Martin Schulz for the Party of European Socialists
Guy Verhofstadt for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Ska Keller for the Green Party
Alexis Tsipras for the Party of the European Left


European political parties

When taking their seats in the European Parliament, the 73 UK MEPs from the UK political parties join those from comparable parties from other European countries. For example, the 13 British Labour Party MEPs are part of the Party of European Socialists, the British Liberal Democrats sit with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, etc.

Find out more about European Political Parties

Format of the debate

During the 90-minute debate each candidate will give a short presentation and have one minute to reply to questions or comment on other candidates' replies.

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