Strasbourg - MEPs elected for the Czech government coalition member ANO supported socialist Martin Schulz along with their ALDE liberal group in the elections for the chairman of the European Parliament, leader of ANO MEPs Pavel Telicka has told CTK.
Lídr kandidátky hnutí ANO Pavel Telička hovoří s novináři ve volebním štábu v Praze, kde 25. května večer zástupci hnutí sledovali výsledky voleb do Evropského parlamentu. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
Re-elected by 409 out of the 612 MEPs, Schulz is likely to have been backed also by the votes from Czech MEPs for the Social Democrats (CSSD), TOP 09 and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) in the secret ballot.
On the other hand, MEPs for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), the Communists (KSCM) and the Free Citizens Party did not vote for Schulz.
"For me, this is the best of all options. I cannot see any reason why I should support anyone from a different group," Social Democrat Jan Keller said.
If Schulz is to succeed with radical change, he needs support from a strong MEP group.
Ludek Niedermayer, elected for TOP 09, also backed Schulz.
"It is part of a deal that is to ensure what is important for us," Niedermayer said.
"It means that Jean-Claude Juncker should form the European Commission," he added.
"This is obvious evidence that the grand coalition has been agreed on. In exchange for two and a half years for Schulz, socialists will give their votes to Juncker in two weeks," Zahradil (ODS) said.
Petr Mach, from the Free Citizens Party, a member of the euro-sceptical Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), said today's vote had confirmed a "tremendous strength" of Christian Democrats and socialists.
"It seems that a large part of EU directives will be also passed easily if Juncker rules from the EC and Schulz presides this," Mach said.