EU leaders back German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen become 1st EU Commission head

Brussels, July 3: The European Union (EU) leaders have on Tuesday struck a deal after long mulling over EU top jobs during the three-day summit and decided to name women for both the bloc’s most crucial jobs for the very first time.

Ursula von der Leyen, the German defence minister, was named to replace Jean-Claude Juncker at the post of European Commission head for the straight next five years.

According to Dawn news reports, once the choice will get confirmed, Leyen will start to lead the commission, facing challenges that are ranging from Brexit to populism, Climate Change, and disinformation.

Ex-French finance minister Christine Lagarde, currently serving as the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011, is slated to take charge as the chief of the European Central Bank.

Via Twitter, European Council President Donald Tusk has confirmed the appointments, putting an end to the tough summit that had grappled since Sunday evening.

As per the appointment package agreed by the 28-member nations bloc, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel will replace Tusk at the European Council head post, while Spanish EAM Josep Borrell will lead as the European foreign policy head, replacing Federica Morgherini.

Leyen is slated to take office from November 1 – the day, Britain is due to leave the EU.




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