Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties, or must they resile their memberships of such groups?

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Even though they are not supposed to represent their country, EU Commissioners are politicians appointed by their respective national government and usually (nearly always) members of a political party.

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    You might give some examples.
    – mikado
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 16:24
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    What would be the point? You can literally pick any of them (only counter-examples I found in the current commission are Julian King and Maroš Šefčovič). I think the other answer is somewhat misleading by implying it's merely possible and failing to mention it's usually (nearly always) the case and highlighting an example.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 18:08
  • Is there a distinction to be made between the nomination of a Commissioner by a member state and the appointment of that Commissioner to the role. If there is, does that mean the state nominates and the Commission President appoints?
    – 52d6c6af
    Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 23:44
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    @Ben Not sure what you mean exactly, might be worth asking as a separate question.
    – Relaxed
    Commented Feb 21, 2019 at 21:38

Yes, they can. Just by picking a random name from this list, we found the following:

Günther Hermann Oettinger (born 15 October 1953) is a German politician and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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