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Tajani’s Presidency

New EP President, Mini Political Earthquake and Why it Matters for Serbia

On 17 January 2017 Antonio Tajani became President of the European Parliament (EP), succeeding Martin Schultz in this position. He underwent four rounds of voting – a practice rather unseen in the EP, which indicates how firm different political groups were in supporting their candidates. 

This CEP Insight takes a closer look into Tajani’s profile and ambitions as EP President; analyses the new shifts in the balance of power that came as a result of Tajani’s election; examines its implications on Serbia’s EU membership aspirations and finally suggests how the Serbian authorities should position themselves vis-à-vis the new circumstances.

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