CDA member Esther de Lange will not be President of the European Parliament. The Christian Democratic EPP group, which includes the CDA, has decided to nominate another MEP as candidate president.
The presidential election of the European Parliament will be in January. The current chairman, the Social Democrat David Sassoli, has been there for 2.5 years now and has already indicated that he wants to continue. But the EPP is also preying on that spot.
De Lange, who has been in the European Parliament for fourteen years, competed with two other MEPs for the nomination of its group. She now went against Maltese Roberta Metsola. After one voting round, it was over: Metsola got 112 votes, against 44 for De Lange and 18 for the third candidate, the Austrian Othmar Karas.
In a congratulatory message on Twitter, 46-year-old De Lange says that the fraction is 100 percent behind Metsola. “This House could use some strong female leadership!”
The Langes name is sometimes also mentioned for a place in the Dutch cabinet, but she kept on the plain about that so far.
Twice before, the European Parliament had a woman as president: Simone Veil between 1979 and 1982 and Nicole Fontaine between 1999 and 2002, and Piet Dankert was the only one who led the European Parliament on behalf of the Netherlands. He did that between 1982 and 1984.