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European People’s party backs German MEP to lead European commission after Juncker Europe’s largest political group, the centre-right European People’s party, has chosen the long-serving German MEP Manfred Weber as its candidate to lead the European commission – one of the top jobs in the EU. Weber, who was backed by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is the favourite to lead the commission, the powerful executive that drafts and enforces EU law, but he exceeded expectations, capturing 80% of 619 party delegate votes. Continue reading...