May 26, 2019 / 10:31 PM / a month ago

Centre-left EU lead candidate rules out coalition with far-right

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES), speaks at the Plenary Hall during the election night for European elections at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The centre-left candidate to head the next European Union’s executive on Sunday ruled out building a coalition with far-right forces, calling for a “progressive” majority in the next European Parliament.

“My offer is on the table: let’s sit together, the progressive forces in this parliament, let’s try and find a programme for the next five years that will prepare Europe for the 30 years to come,” said Frans Timmermans.

He said the “Game of Thrones”, or a contest to fill five top EU jobs for the next five years, should only come later and be based on such a programme.

Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, Daphne Psaledakis, Writing Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alissa de Carbonnel

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