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WorldVon der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

11:40  16 july  2019
11:40  16 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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EU member governments' surprise nominee for president of the European Union 's executive Leaders hope the decision to put two women at the top of EU decision-making for the first time will Von der Leyen needs to be confirmed in her new job by an absolute majority of the 751 EU lawmakers.

European Union governments’ surprise nominee for president of their executive, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen , sought support in the bloc’s parliament on Wednesday, hoping to secure the confirmation she will need in two weeks’ time.

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament
Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament
Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament
Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

BRUSSELS (AP) — Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen is seeking to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President in a secret vote late Tuesday.

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German Ursula von der Leyen , appointed by European Union leaders as the next head of the bloc’s executive, will attend later on Wednesday a session of the European Parliament , the approval of which she needs to take on the job .

Von der Leyen – currently Germany’s defence minister – flexed her European credentials, speaking French, German and English, while stressing Von der Leyen , whose nomination by EU leaders came as a surprise last week, must garner an absolute majority in parliament to secure the presidency.

The Christian Democrat of the European People's Party is promising the parliamentarians she will put climate and social issues at the heart of her program over the next five years as she seeks to gather the requisite 374 votes out of 747.

Von der Leyen was a last-minute candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker that the EU leaders agreed on as part of a package of top jobs that were decided on early this month.

Under the package, the free-market liberal Renew Europe group got Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as Council President and the Socialists won the top parliament job.

If the parliament rejects her candidature, though, the whole package of political appointments could fall apart like a house of cards and throw the European Union into a constitutional crisis.

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (listen ; née Albrecht, 8 October 1958) is a German politician and the European Council's proposed candidate for President of the European Commission.

The leftist European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) bloc met with von der Leyen on Thursday morning and then issued a statement We demand a truly democratic process for EU top jobs and an end to backroom deals." Overall, officials in Parliament say it is impossible to predict if

The parliamentarians have not so much objected to von der Leyen personally as voiced their anger that they were sidelined in the appointment process: their candidates for the Commission post, arguably the most important of all the jobs, were all rejected by the EU leaders.

Officials in the von der Leyen camp acknowledge that the vote will be a cliffhanger but say that she will scrape by. She should get the majority of votes from the EPP Christian Democrats, the S&D socialists and the RE liberals. However, the Greens and German socialists have said they will reject her.

"This is about much more than a personnel issue," senior Social Democrat European lawmaker Katarina Barley told ZDF television Tuesday. "In the election campaign, we called for the EU to become more democratic — including with the 'lead candidate' principle. We think it is very important that the Council cannot simply throw that in the trash with loud applause from right-wing populists."

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(10 July) in the European Parliament as she sought to secure a majority for her approval in the process, whereby the European elections' winner in the parliament produces the EU commission not back EU leaders' nominee for the commission top job , pushing Ursula von der Leyen 's possible

German Ursula von der Leyen , appointed by European Union leaders as the next head of the bloc's executive, will attend later on Wednesday a session An official with the assembly’s largest faction, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), said von der Leyen would be in the parliament - sitting

Von der Leyen would become the first woman to lead the EU's executive. "Finally a woman is candidate for the European Commissioin," she said at the start of her speech to the parliament Tuesday, earning applause.

She then immediately addressed what she sees as the biggest challenge — climate change.

"I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050," she said, adding she would work out a "a green deal for Europe in the first 100 days" of her office.

"It will need investment on a major scale," and funds would be available for nations, mainly in eastern Europe, still depending on polluting fossil fuels, she said.

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Geir Moulson contributed from Berlin

The secret ballot at 6 p.m. will make it impossible to see who exactly voted for her, but she will hope to avoid the perception that she won the nomination by having to rely on populist and extreme right votes.

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