The basic democratic idea behind the Spitzenkandidaten procedure is simple and plausible. However, it has never been completely uncontroversial and since the European elections at the latest, the discussion about it has been fully rekindled. In the summer of 2020, a conference on the future of Europe is to make proposals for reform. It is high time that this debate also takes place in public: In the coming weeks, representatives from science, politics and civil society will present ideas on the blog Der (Europäische) Föderalist on how the election of the Commission President could look like in the future.
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