# European parliament

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 […]

Ursula von der Leyen — passionate European, Merkel ally

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
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
Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi shows his ballot paper before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan on May 26, 2019. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Former Italian PM and leader of the righ […]

Colourful and controversial figures win EU parliament seats

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.
26 May 2019, Belgium, Brüssel: Numerous European flags flutter in the wind in front of the Berlaymont building, the seat of the European Commission. From 23 May to 26 May, the citizens of 28 EU states will elect a new parliament. Photo: Marcel Kusch/dpa
26 May 2019, Belgium, Brüssel: Numerous […]

Centre parties post losses in EU elections, coalition jostling begins

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.
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Party (EPP) candidate and Frans Timmermans, Party of European Socialists (PES) candidate, pose prior to a TV debate at the studios of public broadcaster ZDF in Berlin on May 16, 2019. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP
Manfred Weber (R), European People's Par […]

What is a European party?

European parliamentary groups are not fully-fledged parties, but loose federations of national movements, roughly organised by ideology.
Candidates for the upcoming European Commission president elections pose ahead of the Eurovision presidential debate at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2019. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Candidates for the upcoming European Com […]

How Europe will choose its next generation of leaders

This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.