Rehn-Verhofstadt to Split ALDE?

French MEP Marielle de Sarnez officially raises the possibility that the ALDE party could split if Commissioner Olli Rehn is preferred to Guy Verhofstadt as candidate for the Commission presidency. ALDE is divided between the centrist European Democratic Party (EDP) – of which De Sarnez is secretary general – and the Liberals. In a letter sent to the two “mediators” Mark Rutte and Christian Lindner, De Sarnez openly supports the Belgian former PM as “the most adequate person to convey (ALDE’s) values”, the ideal candidate for the party to regain its original ideals of a more integrated Europe respecting individual rights. “We count on our liberal friends’ wisdom for continuing our current and future collaboration”, continues the MEP suggesting the prospect of EDP leaving ALDE if Rehn is finally nominated.
De Sarnez is not alone. German MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis has sent a letter to Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), expressing his support to Guy Verhofstadt and asking to dismiss the nomination of Olli Rehn for the presidency of the Commission. Chatzimarkakis considers that “ALDE’s candidate for the presidency of the European Commission should not be connected with past mistakes”, in order to prevent divisions among the members of the party.

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