After the deadline, there was only one candidate: outgoing EU Council President Donald Tusk is likely to become the new head of the European People's Party (EPP), which also includes the CDU and CSU. The EPP announced the status of the candidatures during the night of Monday.
The election will take place at the EPP party conference on Wednesday and Thursday in Zagreb. Frenchman Joseph Daul resigns as party leader. One of the twelve candidates for the office of deputy party leader is the CDU European politician David McAllister. Ten deputies are elected.
Tusk had previously announced that he waived a candidacy for the Polish presidential election next year. In order to win the election, Poland's opposition would have to send an applicant into the race "who is not burdened by difficult, unpopular decisions," Tusk said. The new EU Council President will be the former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
The current EPP leader Daul, 72, is a passionate hunter and weekend farmer from Alsace and is considered one of the most zealous strippers in the EU political circle (read more about him here).