Manfred Weber

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July 6, 2022

Manfred Weber (born June 14, 1972 in Landshut) is a German politician. He has been the chairman of the European People's Party group in the European Parliament since 2014 and a member of the European Parliament since 2004. On May 31, 2022, Weber was elected chairman of the European People's Party.

Early Life and Education

Manfred Weber was born in July 1972 in the county of Landshut in Bavaria. Weber attended his elementary school in the countryside of Wildenberg, about an hour's drive from Munich. Weber attended Wildenberg Technical High School and later a physical engineering degree at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Weber participated in the Catholic youth movement, among other things by playing in a band. Weber also participated in CSU's youth organization.

Political career

Weber ran for the European Parliament in 2004, when he was elected MEP. In 2014, Weber was elected group chairman of the European People's Party. In the European Parliament, Weber sat in the Committee on Civil Liberties and Justice and Home Affairs from 2004 to 2012. In the years 2012–2014, he was in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rules of Procedure and Institutional Affairs.

EPP's leading candidate for Commission President

At the summit of the European People's Party (EPP) held in Helsinki in November 2018, Weber was elected as the EPP's top candidate (so-called Spitzenkandidat) for the presidency of the European Commission. He got 492 votes and his opponent Alexander Stubb got 127 votes. Weber was considered the early favorite from the beginning, and he had the support of a large part of the EPP member parties, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. However, Weber did not receive support from the heads of EU countries for the presidency of the European Commission.

Chairman of the European People's Party

In May 2022, Weber was elected chairman of the European People's Party at the EPP party meeting held in Rotterdam. With the election, Weber became a double chairman, as he previously served as the leader of the European Parliament group. Weber stated before his election as president that, according to him, Europe should show more leadership. Weber has supported the creation of European armed forces and the removal of the veto power of individual EU countries, which, according to Weber, has slowed down decisions in foreign policy, for example.

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