Martin Schulz and Manfred Weber signed 2014 a secret agreement in order to elect Schulz as the chairman of the EU-Parliament. On January 2017 17th a candidat from the PPE Group had to be elected in common agreement by the PPE and the S&D (the Socialist Group). Because the S&D decided not to vote for the selected candidat Manfred Weber published the secret agreement. Elections in the EU-Parliament result of secret agreements.