Von der Leyen pledges to back Africa on Ethiopia trip

By |december 8th, 2019|Africa, Ethiopia, News, refugee crisis, Ursula von der Leyen|

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen assured Africa of the EU's strong support during a visit to Ethiopia on Saturday (7 December), her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post.

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SMEs are key to climate protection, says Austrian businesswoman

By |december 6th, 2019|Austria, business, climate emergency, climate protection, European Commission, News, SMEs, Ursula von der Leyen|

After having represented the interests of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for four years, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller takes stock, in an interview with EURACTIV Germany, of her successes and discusses her ambitions looking forward in the fight against cli...

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Middleman tells Malta court of plot to kill Daphne Caruana

By |december 5th, 2019|Daphne Caruana Galizia, European Parliament, Joseph Muscat, mafia, Malta, News, Sophie in 't Veld, Ursula von der Leyen|

The self-confessed middleman in the murder of a journalist told a court on Wednesday (4 December) a wealthy Maltese businessman was the brains behind the killing but also implicated people tied to government in the growing scandal.

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Von der Leyen criticises Finnish presidency’s EU budget proposal

By |december 4th, 2019|EU budget 2021-2027, EU summit, European Commission, European Parliament, Finnish Presidency, MFF, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Rule of Law Mechanism, Ursula von der Leyen|

The new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, did not mince her words at her first press conference on Wednesday (4 December), criticising a recent proposal of the Finnish EU Presidency for the bloc’s 2021-2027 budget and voicing concern "about the severe cuts in the proposal".

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Behind-the-curtain of the EU’s 2050 climate plan, part II

By |december 2nd, 2019|Czech Republic, Frans Timmermans, Hungary, Jerzy Buzek, Just transition, Mateusz Morawiecki, Multiannual Financial Framework, News, nuclear power, Poland, Ursula von der Leyen, Viktor Orbán|

In October 2018, EURACTIV revealed how the European Commission was planning to propose an ambitious new climate plan for 2050. Now the EU is on the cusp of agreeing to implement it. Here is how the pieces line up ahead of crunch talks later in December.

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Women are doing better in European politics, but still not well enough

By |december 2nd, 2019|European Commission, European Parliament, gender equality, middle-ground politics, News, Ursula von der Leyen, women in politics|

Ursula von der Leyen will be the first woman to chair the European Commission and will do it with the most gender-balanced college ever, but even though the participation of women in politics has improved in the EU, it is still not enough.

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Juncker regrets the lead candidate system was not respected in farewell

By |november 29th, 2019|European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Juncker farewell, News, rule of law, Spitzenkandidaten, Ursula von der Leyen|

The outgoing president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appeared before the press for one last time on Friday (29 November) and said he regretted that the Spitzenkandidaten system that landed him the top job in 2014 was not upheld this ...

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Parliament backs von der Leyen’s ‘fresh start for Europe’ Commission

By |november 27th, 2019|Commission 2019-2023, digital transformation, European Green Deal, European Parliament, News, Ursula von der Leyen|

The European Parliament gave the green light to Ursula von der Leyen’s college of Commissioners “for a fresh start for Europe” on Wednesday (27 November) with a comfortable 461 votes in favour, 151 against and 89 abstentions.  The first woman...

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Incoming Commission set to face final approval vote

By |november 27th, 2019|European Commission, European Parliament, News, Ursula von der Leyen|

Brussels' next top official Ursula von der Leyen presents her top team to the European Parliament on Wednesday (27 November), hoping to finally put a difficult transition behind her.

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Member states green-light Commission without UK member

By |november 25th, 2019|Brexit, Commission 2019-2023, News, Ursula von der Leyen|

EU member states gave its blessing on Monday (25 November) to the new European Commission to start functioning without the UK representative, despite the legal challenges the new executive could face for being unlawfully forged.

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