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Ursula von der Leyen signals she will not reopen Brexit talks Germany's von der Leyen begins EU charm offensive
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 22:27

The leaders of the EU's political groupings on Thursday said the European Parliament would vote on Ursula von der Leyen's nomination as head of the EU Commission on July 16, a spokesman said.

She may still win the support of the full parliament, but rejection by the Greens leaves her relying more on representatives from Eastern European states.

Von der Leyen replied, "Yes, the door is open because we want you in. We don't know her", Bas Eickhout, a Green lawmaker from the Netherlands, told Reuters. However, the German defence minister comes with no track record on environment and sustainability, and with the Commission's work programme still unclear, her commitment to protecting nature and the climate is untested.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was grilled by EU legislators from the socialist, green and free-market liberal groups in the EU parliament, which expects to vote on whether to confirm her as European Commission president next week.

She needs at least 376 votes in the 751-member assembly.

Diplomats in Beijing are consequently braced for a more confrontational era of China-EU relations over the five years of her mandate, compared to the softer approach taken by Jean-Claude Juncker.

The lawmakers named their price yesterday for backing Ms Von der Leyen.

The EU, weakened by the 2009-2012 euro zone crisis, Britain's decision to quit the bloc and the rise of far-right and far-left eurosceptic parties, needs a strong Commission president to improve its fortunes, officials and experts say. "The EU is based on principles". Her promises to fight climate change were not enough for Green deputies who vowed to vote against her.

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Eduardo, now an MP, accompanied his father to a private meeting with Trump during a diplomatic visit to Washington in March. A 2017 YouTube video shows him standing in front of a Popeyes chicken counter recounting his time in the U.S.in 2004-2005.

She added that the United Kingdom now has the largest pro-European movement on the continent, and asked what the European Union was doing to match the UK's efforts to fight Brexit at home.

She met with the European Conservatives and Reformists group on Monday.

Von der Leyen promised to be tougher on the rule of law than the outgoing Commission and to reform the failed asylum system - both areas where liberal, wealthy western Europe and the post-communist east differ bitterly.

"I still hope you remain", she said, warning the British authorities to "sort its side of things on Brexit".

The magazine also reported her saying: "In case we're going to have a Brexit, I'm convinced it is crucial how the tone is and the attitude with which Brexit happens".

Iratxe Garcia of Spain, who leads the Socialist and Democrat (S&D) group, has said she could not speak for her entire group on whether or not they would vote in favor of von der Leyen.

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