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Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot that saw her scrape through with nine votes beyond a necessary...

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted...

The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

EU parliament confirms Ursula von der Leyen as new European Commission president in a 383-327 vote

Jul. 16, 2019 1:38 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU parliament confirms Ursula von der Leyen as new European Commission president in a 383-327 vote.

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

EU political groups won't back nominee before vote

Jul. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The nominee for president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday she would put respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the heart of her program if she is approved for the position. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was grilled by EU...

Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire

Jul. 7, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — She vowed to stay out of politics and even dropped the French far right's signature name — Le Pen — from her moniker. But Marion Marechal, a former star lawmaker who's still only in her 20s, is now tip-toeing back into the political arena, and is already causing trouble. Widely...

Greece: A look at the main candidates in Sunday's election

Jul. 6, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece holds a general election Sunday, called three months early by left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after he suffered a stinging defeat in European Parliament elections in May to conservative rivals who appear to be strengthening their position according to recent opinion...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

Deals made at secretive EU summit deliver top job nominees

Jul. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, the European Union's top jobs jamboree had a familiar old-time ring to it. Instead of embracing a transparent future, leaders of the 28 EU nations repeated the past as they retreated behind closed doors to divvy up a half-dozen jobs for politicians who will be the public faces...