Frans, bid for EC President

Frans Timmermans, the deputy head of the European Union executive, launched a bid to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker next year. Timmermans said on Wednesday he would seek to lead the center-left campaign for May’s European Parliament elections.

The former Dutch foreign minister said he hoped to run a “beautiful and optimistic campaign” in defense of a European Union which he has helped see through several crises since European Commission President Juncker made him his first vice-president in 2014,

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