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Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen: President of the European Commission
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and the president of the European Commission since 1 December 2019. She served in the federal government of Germany from 2005 to 2019 as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel's cabinet. She is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its EU counterpart, the European People's Party (EPP).

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One der Leyen: How has EU chief Ursula done in her first year? [Video]

One der Leyen: How has EU chief Ursula done in her first year?

December 1 marks one year since Ursula von der Leyen took over as European Commission president. We look at how she has fared.View on euronews

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EU Commission: The first Europeans could be vaccinated by the end of the year [Video]

EU Commission: The first Europeans could be vaccinated by the end of the year

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged members states on Wednesday to get ready to roll out vaccination campaigns before the end of the year.View on euronews

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EU willing to 'get creative' to secure Brexit deal, says Ursula von der Leyen [Video]

EU willing to 'get creative' to secure Brexit deal, says Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says that there is still achance there will not be a deal between the EU and the UK, but EU negotiatorsare willing to 'get creative'.

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EU chief hails ‘better progress’ in post-Brexit trade talks [Video]

EU chief hails ‘better progress’ in post-Brexit trade talks

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have made “better progress” in recent days,the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said,raising hopes that an agreement may be in..

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Von der Leyen: Deal secured with CureVac and hope for Moderna contract soon [Video]

Von der Leyen: Deal secured with CureVac and hope for Moderna contract soon

The European Commission will authorise the coronavirus vaccine deal withCureVac on Tuesday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said onMonday and noted that the deal will include 400 million..

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EU to 'intensify cooperation' with new US government, von der Leyen says [Video]

EU to 'intensify cooperation' with new US government, von der Leyen says

In a video statement, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the US and EU were "friends and allies" and said the election was a "moment of significance".View on euronews

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European Commission president goes into self-isolation after close contact tests positive [Video]

European Commission president goes into self-isolation after close contact tests positive

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has had to leave the EUsummit after a close contact tested positive for Covid-19.

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EU chief executive: no post-Brexit deal without 'level playing field'

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Wednesday that the bloc will do its best to seal an agreement on new ties with Britain by the end of the year but will not compromise..
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EU chief executive sets conditions for Brexit deal this year

The European Union will do its best to seal an agreement on new ties with Britain by the end of the year but will not compromise its core values to achieve that, the bloc's chief executive, Ursula von..
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British PM, top EU officials to hold talks on June 15

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the chairman of European Union leaders Charles Michel and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will hold talks on June 15 to revive stalled..
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UK PM plans Brexit talks with EU's von der Leyen, warned to reach deal pre-autumn: FT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in June, with UK officials warning Johnson that an agreement was needed..
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International pandemic cooperation a 'no brainer': EU Commission chief

International cooperation should be a no brainer during a global pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.
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World leaders pledge $8 billion in fight against coronavirus, EU says

World leaders promised $8 billion on Monday for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said at the end of a pledging event that she chaired.
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EU to provide one billion euros for global vaccine search: Von der Leyen

The European Union pledged on Monday 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion) for the global search for vaccines and treatment for the novel coronavirus, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen..
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EU executive chief concerned Hungary emergency measures go too far

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed concern on Thursday that coronavirus restriction measures taken by Hungary went too far and insisted they should be limited in time and..
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Macron, Merkel to discuss coronavirus, borders with EU officials

French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the coronavirus and the topic of border controls on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading EU officials Charles Michel and Ursula von der..
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EU disapproves of US travel ban, taken unilaterally and without consultation

The European Union disapproves of the U.S. decision to impose a unilateral travel ban on European countries, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles..
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In migrant crisis, Greece caught between EU job descriptions

When the current European Commission took office in December, its president, Ursula von der Leyen, created the role of a commissioner for 'Promoting our European Way of Life' and handed the job to a..
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EU executive tells Turkey to take migrants back from Greek border

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey must move refugees and migrants away from the Greek border.
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EU Commission head says Europe stands by Greece amidst refugee crisis

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday voiced support for Greece's efforts to safeguard its borders amidst a build-up of thousands of migrants after Turkey opened its borders to..
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EU in dilemma over Turkey, but says migrants must not be allowed in

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said it was impermissible for Ankara to let refugees and migrants on..
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EU says Turkey in tough situation with migrants but must not let them into Europe

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said it was impermissible for Ankara to let refugees and migrants on..
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EU executive says Turkey letting migrants through 'cannot be' answer to Syria war

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said Ankara deciding to let refugees and migrants through to Europe..
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We can agree on high standards, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
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Let's agree social, climate ambitions, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
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Now EU must deliver, Commission chief says on Brexit day

Britain's departure from the European Union shows the bloc must deliver for its citizens and its leaders must stand up for the project or else risk it failing, the head of the European Union's..
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Brexit to bring new start for EU, no fewer opportunities: Commission chief

The EU will start a new chapter after Britain leaves, with no fewer opportunities as a united force on global issues from climate change to technological transformation, European Commission President..
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We will find new path with London after Brexit, say EU leaders

The European Union will work hard to forge a future as an ally and partner of Britain after their divorce on Friday, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen wrote in Germany's Frankfurter..
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EU executive sets fair competition as condition of post-Brexit trade deal

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Britain on Wednesday that solid guarantees of free competition were a precondition to a new trade agreement with the EU after Brexit.
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EU welcomes Libya ceasefire, says U.N. must lead reconciliation

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed on Monday a ceasefire in Libya initiated by Turkey and Russia, but cautioned that the United Nations must lead the process of rebuilding the..
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UK's Johnson to tell EU chief: no extension to trade deal talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen that Britain will not extend its transition out of the European Union beyond Dec. 2020, and is not seeking a new..
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UK's Johnson to meet EU chief von der Leyen in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London on Wednesday ahead of the opening rounds of trade talks that will begin once Britain formally..
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EU-Britain trade talks challenging, time short: Commission head

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said time was "extremely short" to seal a deal on the EU's new relationship with Britain before the end of 2020.
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EU executive expects mandate for talks on post-Brexit trade deal

The European Commission expect European Union leaders on Friday to grant it a mandate for talks with Britain on a future trade agreement, the head of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen told a news..
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New climate pact is EU's 'man on the moon moment': chief executive

The European Union's executive wants to mobilize 100 billion euros worth of investment to help the bloc's economies become more environmentally friendly, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
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Merkel sees progress in U.S.-EU trade talks with new EU commission

The prospects of the European Union and the United States bridging differences on trade have improved after German conservative Ursula von der Leyen took over as head of the bloc's executive arm,..
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EU chief demands 'thorough and independent' probe into Malta journalist killing

The head of the European Union's executive arm, German conservative Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday demanded a "thorough and independent" investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne..
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New EU Commission head to start with climate summit, Africa trip

The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will attend a climate summit in Madrid and travel to Africa in her first week in the job, highlighting two of the key priorities for the..
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New EU chief vows to fight climate threat, boost growth

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen vowed on Wednesday to step up the fight against climate change while expanding economic growth as EU lawmakers' granted final approval for the bloc's new executive she..
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Incoming EU chief promises no compromise on rule of law

Incoming EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the rule of law must hold everywhere in the bloc, signaling no respite for nationalist governments in Poland and Hungary at odds with..
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Incoming EU chief vows to fight 'existential' climate risks

German conservative Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament on Wednesday that fighting climate change was an "existential" challenge and she would ensure money was provided to help adapt..
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Lawmakers set to approve new EU executive to take office on December 1

EU lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to finally approve a new executive European Commission under German conservative Ursula von der Leyen after delays and disagreements.
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Explainer: Why UK's refusal to name new commissioner is headache for EU

The European Union is due to relaunch its powerful executive arm under the new leadership of the German conservative Ursula von der Leyen from Dec. 1 but faces legal risks after Britain refused to name..
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EU needs to learn the 'language of power', incoming chief says

The European Union can no longer rely on soft power to promote its interests and must develop more security "muscle" and policy focus on trade, incoming European Commission President Ursula von der..
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If we don't embrace the Balkans, others will, says EU's Von der Leyen

North Macedonia and Albania have made enormous efforts to secure European Union membership, future European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, implictly contesting France's..
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EU President-elect names Valean as transport commissioner: spokesperson

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has approved European lawmaker Adina Valean as the commissioner-designate for Romania, a spokesperson for the transition team told Reuters on..
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Britain will have to send a commissioner to Europe, von der Leyen says

Britain will have to propose a candidate for a commissioner in the next European Commission if it is still a member of the European Union after Oct. 31, incoming Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
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Britain will have to send a commissioner to Brussels: incoming Commission head

Britain will have to propose a candidate for a commissioner in the next European Commission if it still is a member of the European Union after October 31, incoming Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
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Next EU chief says she does not see Turkish progress in EU entry bid

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that Turkey had not made progress on key conditions to allow it to become a member of the European Union.
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Incoming head of EU executive says next steps on Brexit entirely in UK hands

The next head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Tuesday the next steps on Brexit are entirely in the hands of the United Kingdom.
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Factbox: Who gets the key posts in new European Commission?

Incoming EU executive president, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, unveiled her 27-strong team on Tuesday.
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EU appointments 'puzzle' hinges on Italy as key economic jobs up for grabs

The president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is waiting for Italy to propose its candidate before deciding the composition of the bloc's new executive and its top economic..
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France's Macron congratulates Boris Johnson, as ex-minister warns 'EU not for turning'

French President Emmanuel Macron and future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Britain's next prime minister, although a key Macron ally..
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France's Macron, EU's Von Der Leyen hope for constructive talks with Boris Johnson

French President Emmanuel Macron and future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Britain's next prime minister, and said they looked forward..
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Austria confirms it wants Hahn to remain its European commissioner

Austria confirmed on Thursday that it wants Johannes Hahn, the current European Commissioner for enlargement, to stay on as its member of the next commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen.
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League's decision not to back von der Leyen risks isolating Italy: Deputy PM

The decision of Italy's ruling League party not to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission risks isolating the country in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio..
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Von der Leyen cracks EU parliament nut, national leaders will prove tougher

Ursula von der Leyen had to dangle a range of promises on migration, taxes, climate change and the rule of law to secure even a wafer-thin margin of support in the European Parliament to become the..
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