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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed concern about the potential for the next president of the European Commission to seek support from far-right parties in the upcoming European elections. Left-leaning parties have been pressuring mainstream conservative and liberal parties to avoid cooperation with far-right parties after the elections in June. Scholz emphasized the importance of the next Commission being supported by traditional parties to avoid relying on extremists for a parliamentary majority.

Scholz did not specify which statements he was referring to, but his warning is likely directed towards current Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who has not ruled out working with some members of parties further to the right. Von der Leyen has indicated openness to working with the European Conservatives and Reformists group, a far-right grouping in the parliament. This shift in alliances could have implications for the future direction of EU policy, as the electoral landscape continues to evolve ahead of the elections next month.

One recent development is the expulsion of Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany party from a right-wing group in the European Parliament due to scandals involving its leading candidate. Another lawmaker from the party has also quit, citing the authoritarian leadership within the AfD. With the rise of the far-right reflecting uncertainties caused by economic changes, new technologies, and climate change, Scholz argued that developed countries could counter this trend by embracing a modernizing, inclusive agenda.

The German Chancellor stressed the importance of confidence in the future and ensuring that progress is beneficial for the majority of the population. He highlighted the need for established parties to maintain a strong presence in the Commission to avoid relying on far-right extremists for support. The upcoming elections will play a significant role in shaping the future leadership of the European Union and the direction of its policies, as alliances are being formed and shifts in political landscapes are occurring in anticipation of the vote in June.

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