It is all change at the heart of the EU, and the key role of Commission president is up for grabs as Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to pass the baton at the end of October. But who will take his place?
May elections have left the European Parliament more fragmented and the chances of reaching consensus more difficult.
Heavyweights France and Germany have already clashed over the role, which includes proposing new European laws and providing political guidance.
So who is in the running, based on what we know so far? There are official candidates – and some who are not yet candidates at all.
Manfred Weber, European People’s Party
For: A high-flyer in the EU’s influential centre-right bloc, he is the closest this contest has to a front-runner.
The 46-year-old Bavarian, whose candidacy has been endorsed by prominent leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has served as leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) since 2014.
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Against: The EPP may be the biggest grouping in Parliament but it has lost ground in the elections and Mr Weber will have to secure the support of other groups if he is to win.