European leaders on Tuesday nominated German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen for the position of EU Commission chief. This is the the first time a woman has been proposed for the role.
Written by Eszter Zalan EU Observer
EU leaders agreed to nominate the current German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, to be the first woman president of the EU commission on Tuesday (2 July) — but only after three consecutive days of discussions that often exposed deep division among the 28 heads of state and government.
The EU parliament still needs to give its final approval for von der Leyen, and many MEPs are angered by the deal, which picked a commission president who was not a lead candidate in the European elections last May.
The EU leaders also named Belgian premier Charles Michel to be EU council president, and chose Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell to head the EU’s foreign affairs service.
The leaders also agreed to name French head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde to run the European Central Bank (ECB) later this year.
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