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German Defence Minister and EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen speaks to journalists during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Assembly at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 3, 2019. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
German Defence Minister and EU commissio […]

New EU chief must piece together diverse top team

After negotiating her own confirmation as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen must now put together a 27-nation team to help her run the bloc
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 and newly-appointed EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg on July 3, 2019. Photos: Saul Loeb / AFP and Frederick Florin / AFP
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christ […]

New EU team smashes glass ceiling but new challenges loom

EU leaders have broken the glass ceiling in naming two women to the bloc's top jobs but questions remain over whether they and their two male colleagues can rise to the challenges ahead
The harbour in Helsinki is to be seen alongside the cathedral. Finland replaces Romania this Monday (01.07.20199) and takes over the presidency of the EU. Photo: Bernd Thissen/dpa
The harbour in Helsinki is to be seen al […]

Finland takes over EU presidency from Romania in low-key handover

Finland takes over the rotating six-month EU presidency from Romania starting from July 1, and has adopted the motto "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future." Other topics such as Brexit, migration, human rights, among others, are on the agenda, as well.
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