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.
"Soft power" will no longer be enough if the EU wants to assert itself on the world stage, the incoming EU Commission head said. Ursula von der Leyen added that Brexit has "strengthened" unity within the bloc.
With time running out until the European Commission is set to start work, Ursula von der Leyen urged Boris Johnson to propose candidates. The EU's president-elect has struggled to overcome delays in assembling her team.
The European Commission is launching infringement proceedings against the UK for its failure to nominate a candidate for EU Commissioner. London wais "in breach of its EU Treaty obligations," the Commission said.
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.
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