Former European Commission president nominee Manfred Weber has accused French President Emmanuel Macron of committing an “attack on democratic Europe” together with Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, POLITICO reports.
Weber told the German media group Funke in an interview published Sunday that Macron’s pre-election comments — in which he suggested Weber did not have the necessary experience to become Commission president — had been “presumptuous” and constituted “an attack on democratic Europe.”
Weber was the nominated candidate on behalf of the EPP for the Presidency of the European Commission under the Spitzenkandidat system.
He added: “Macron formed an axis with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Council. Together, they have caused severe damage to European democracy.”
Yet he said that ultimately, Parliament — specifically the Socialist bloc — was to blame for his candidacy’s failure. “I was unable to even reach Frans Timmermans, the social democratic Spitzenkandidat, in the decisive phase,” Weber said.
Weber also reiterated his support for von der Leyen, saying the “developments were not her fault.”
Under the upcoming German presidency of the Council of the EU, Weber said the bloc needed to tackle migration and climate change, repeating his demand for an EU “climate ambassador.”