Latest Ursula Von Der Leyen News

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...

Italy's new pro-EU govt wins vote, now faces 2020 budget

Sep. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's new pro-Europe government won a final confidence vote Tuesday in the Senate, clearing a key hurdle as it prepares to draft a painful budget law that risks splitting the already shaky coalition. After easily clinching a first confidence vote Monday in the lower...

Big Tech's 'nemesis' in EU gets new term - and more power

Sep. 10, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's competition chief is getting a new term - with expanded powers - in a move that underlines how the bloc's battle to regulate big tech companies is only just beginning. Margrethe Vestager, who angered the Trump administration by imposing multibillion-dollar penalties on...

UK opposition rages at Johnson after he suspends Parliament

Sep. 10, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Opposition politicians raged Tuesday at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's five-week suspension of Parliament before the deadline for Brexit, which drew angry and unprecedented protests in the House of Commons. Parliament has been prorogued — or suspended — at the government's...

Irishman set to lead EU future trade talks with UK, US

Sep. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. Hogan, whose country is set to be hit hard economically by Brexit, would...

27 named to EU commission; UK's spot unfilled due to Brexit

Sep. 9, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen finalized a list Monday of the people she wants working with her when she takes the helm of the European Union's executive branch in November. Von der Leyen's proposed appointments will give the European Commission 27 members,...

European Commission president-elect seeks rebalancing of EU

Aug. 29, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen says that rebalancing the European Union will be a "very important" task for her. Von der Leyen met on Thursday with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in the capital, Sofia, to discuss the executive body's agenda for when...

What to expect as Italy's looks to a new government

Aug. 20, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug on a...

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

Hungary's Orban sees 'more meaningful' EU migration debates

Aug. 1, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister expects "more meaningful" debates on migration in the European Union after a "successful" meeting in Brussels. Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday described European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen as a "serious lady" who has "serious...