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The upcoming European Parliament elections will mark the beginning of a new political cycle in the EU with a changeover of top jobs at the European Commission, the European Council and the European Central Bank.
Eurosceptic nationalists and populists are likely to make strong gains, potentially becoming a disruptive force in EU policymaking, while the centre-right and centre-left who have dominated the assembly for the past 25 years may lose their combined majority.
The Financial Times, working with the European University Institute, is co-hosting in Florence one of only two debates in Europe with all the lead candidates for the European Commission president role. The debate features Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the commission, and Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s party.
If you would like to ask the candidates a question during the debate, post it in the comments section of this story. If you can, please include your location. Questions will be chosen by the moderator based on suitability and relevance
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