June 2019: A gifted communicator, experienced politician and Spitzenkandidat for the S&D group in the European Parliament, Frans Timmermans is the hope of the socialist and Democrats for the European Commission presidency. For the past five years, he has been the First Vice-President of the European Commission, tasked with some of the most complicated and politically fraught files, positioning him as the defender of fundamental rights and values for some, and the European elitist interfering in domestic policies for others. Can he convince a coalition to support his bid? FTI Consulting Brussels looks at his candidacy.
Photographer: Elyxandro Cegarra