Welch can make a difference, but a single summer: At the beginning of the holiday season, the French Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the Finnish Vice President of the European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb were the leaders in the race for the office of EU Commission President. Both are high-ranking members of the conservative European People's Party (EPP) and thus the largest political group in the EU Parliament.
But since the EPP receives applications for the top candidate, another name is being discussed: Manfred Weber, EPP chairman and CSU politician from Bavaria. He officially put his name on the list of candidates on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the European Social Democrats are still on the decline. Here are the main potential candidates in the race for the top position of the EU: