# Frans Timmermans

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
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.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (C) waves during the family photo prior to meeting at an EU summit in Sibiu, Romania on May 9, 2019. Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
European Commission President Jean-Claud […]

Top jobs on the line in Europe’s ‘Game of Thrones’

EU leaders have started on the delicate task of filling key European posts, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists.