Factbox: Party time: EU election line-ups

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU citizens will elect a new European Parliament next week. National parties line up in pan-EU groups. These could change after the vote, but in the outgoing legislature the eight groups are: EUROPEAN PEOPLE’S PARTY (EPP – 217 seats) Lead candidate: Manfred Weber, 46, German, EPP parliamentary leader Centre-right: favours free trade and business Notables: German Chancellor Angela Merkel; outgoing European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker; Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi; Polish EU summit chair Donald Tusk; Hungarian leader Viktor Orban, at risk of being expelled for anti-EU nationalism. SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS (S&D – 186) Lead candidate: Frans Timmermans, 58, Dutch, deputy head of European Commission, former foreign minister Centre-left: favours worker’s rights, minimum corporate tax Notables: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez; Italian ex-premier Matteo Renzi; Swedish and Portuguese premiers; French ex-finance minister and EU economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici. EUROPEAN CONSERVATIVES AND REFORMERS (ECR – 76) Lead candidate: Jan Zahradil, 55, Czech, MEP since 2004 Eurosceptic: founded in 2009 when British Conservative leader David Cameron quit EPP to oppose deeper EU integration Notables: Polish ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski; Flemish nationalist N-VA leader Bart de Wever; Jimmie Akesson of anti-immigration Sweden Democrats; and – for now at least – British Prime Minister Theresa May ALLIANCE OF LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS (ALDE – 68) Lead candidates include: Margrethe Vestager, 51, Danish, EU antitrust commissioner, former economy minister; Guy Verhofstadt, 66, Belgian, ALDE leader, former prime minister Liberal centre: favour free trade, stronger EU integration Notables: French President Emmanuel Macron, though he is yet to formally link to ALDE; Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte; premiers of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Estonia GREENS (52) Lead candidates: Ska Keller, 37, German, MEP since 2009; Bas Eickhout, 42, Dutch, MEP since 2009 Ecology: left-leaning, seek clean energy and environment Notables: no national leaders; one high-profile government figure was Joschka Fischer, German foreign minister 1998-2005 EUROPEAN UNITED LEFT (GUE – 46) Lead candidates: Nico Cue, 62, Belgian, trade union leader; Violeta Tomic, 56, Slovenia, actor, Slovenian parliamentarian Far left: anti-austerity, want more spending, trade control Notables: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras EUROPE OF FREEDOM AND DIRECT DEMOCRACY (EFDD – 45) No lead candidate; expect group to reshuffle after election Anti-EU: formed in 2014 by Nigel Farage, then leader of UK Independence Party, now of the Brexit Party; key ally Italy’s 5-Star expect to shift to more centrist group after election Other notables: Italian deputy premier Luigi Di Maio of 5-Star; Joerg Meuthen, co-leader of Alternative for Germany EUROPE OF NATIONS AND FREEDOM (ENF – 37) No lead candidate; expect group to reshuffle after election Anti-immigration: founded in 2015 by French National Rally’s Marine Le Pen and Dutch Freedom Party’s Geert Wilders Other notables: Matteo Salvini, Italian deputy premier from The League, forecast to be biggest far-right party in new Parliament; Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache; Steve Bannon, former aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, who is trying to promote a broad eurosceptic alliance

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