Ursula von der Leyen, elected as the first female European Commission president, is Germany's outgoing defence minister, a medical doctor by profession and a mother of seven
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
With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.
The European Parliament elections resulted in a loss for the main centre-left and centre-right political parties in several countries across the bloc. On the contrary, the liberals and the Greens have experienced a boost.
This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.