Skip to main content

This is the ninth explainer in the Ask the IIEA series. These explainers aim to answer common questions about European affairs and to provide an insight into what’s going on in the EU.

On the eve of the European Parliament elections, this explainer will examine the controversy surrounding the Spitzenkandidat or lead candidate system for selecting the President of the European Commission. It explores why the system was introduced and why it has been contested by some EU Institutions and Member States.

This explainer can be downloaded here.

If you have a topic you would like us to address in this series, please email us at