Ursula von der Leyen says she is humbled by the task ahead of her. In a narrow vote, the EU Parliament has confirmed the former German defence minister as President of the European Commission.
Ursula von der Leyen has faced a new bump on the road to the European Commission presidency. Already a compromise candidate, her coronation has now been delayed — after three candidates for her team were rejected.
Citing cost-cutting and convenience, Ursula von der Leyen will make a room at the European Commission headquarters home when she takes over as president. She lived in even more modest digs at Germany's Defense Ministry.
A European Parliament committee has rejected the Hungarian and Romanian candidates proposed by incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The German conservative must now find replacements.
After agreeing on the terms of a new Brexit deal, EU leaders have turned their focus to other pressing issues, including climate change and the bloc's next budget. The talks are expected to be highly divisive.
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