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Von der Leyen’s potential partners in Parliament – ​​POLITICO

Last time, von der Leyen only managed it by nine votes. Even though the current grand coalition – von der Leyen’s European People’s Party plus the Socialists and Liberals – appears to have enough votes, remember that not all of those votes are guaranteed to result in a secret ballot.

Von der Leyen opened the door to parts of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, which counts Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy among its members – a sign that she is courting their votes. But a lot could change before the vote takes place, perhaps in mid-July.

Von der Leyen knows well that it is good to have some room for maneuver.

Last time, she needed 374 lawmakers to support her. She reached this threshold – but only just – with the approval of 383 MEPs, although at the time the combined support of the European People’s Party, the Socialists and Democrats and the Renew Europe group could have brought her more than 440 voice.

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