This comes at a time when Klaus Welle is already the institution’s top civil servant, while the European People’s Party, which is the parliament’s biggest group, is run by Manfred Weber.
The planned influx of Germans to the Parliament’s most important positions has startled Eurocrats, including Philippe Lamberts, the Belgian president of the European Green party.
He said: “It is now a general trend in the Parliament that to earn Schulz’s favour, you need to be German and a Socialist. It is an insult to diversity.”
Critics say Schultz is attempting to surround himself with allies, meaning even when he finishes his term as president he will be able to influence the parliament.