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

  • World
  • Monday, 27 May 2019

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)