The Road to Brussels Does Von der Leyen Have a Chance as Commission President?

The nomination of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president came as a surprise. And many are unhappy. It not only undermines efforts to make the EU more democratic, but she may not be confirmed.
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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Angela Merkel as she arrived at a meeting of EU leaders on Sunday. The German chancellor has had to shift course multiple times on nominations for important posts in Brussels.

Angela Merkel as she arrived at a meeting of EU leaders on Sunday. The German chancellor has had to shift course multiple times on nominations for important posts in Brussels.

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French President Emmanuel Macron is the EU leader who first suggested von der Leyen as the possible next European Commission president.

French President Emmanuel Macron is the EU leader who first suggested von der Leyen as the possible next European Commission president.

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Von der Leyen (right) and EPP group President Manfred Weber at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Von der Leyen (right) and EPP group President Manfred Weber at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

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Election of European Commission President

Election of European Commission President

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