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Ursula von der Leyen: President of the European Commission
Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and the president of the European Commission since 1 December 2019. She served in the federal government of Germany from 2005 to 2019 as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel's cabinet. She is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its EU counterpart, the European People's Party (EPP).

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European Commission president goes into self-isolation after close contact tests positive [Video]

European Commission president goes into self-isolation after close contact tests positive

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has had to leave the EUsummit after a close contact tested positive for Covid-19.

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Brussels begins legal proceedings over Johnson’s Brexit Bill [Video]

Brussels begins legal proceedings over Johnson’s Brexit Bill

The European Commission has started infringement procedures with BorisJohnson’s Government over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill, Ursulavon der Leyen said.

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EU plans for health union to boost pandemic preparedness [Video]

EU plans for health union to boost pandemic preparedness

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Wednesday her plans for a European Health Union during her first State of the Union address to the European Parliament. But what will..

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Von der Leyen sets out EU's ambitious new goals [Video]

Von der Leyen sets out EU's ambitious new goals

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen set out ambitious new climate goals for the EU on Wednesday, and also said a proposal was on the way for minimum wages. Francis Maguire reports.

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Ursula von der Leyen: Brexit Withdrawal Agreement cannot be undone [Video]

Ursula von der Leyen: Brexit Withdrawal Agreement cannot be undone

Ursula von der Leyen has said that time is running out for an agreement to bestruck with the UK on a post-Brexit free trade deal. Mrs von der Leyen saidMargaret Thatcher had always insisted that the UK..

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What can we expect in Von der Leyen's first state of the union speech? [Video]

What can we expect in Von der Leyen's first state of the union speech?

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will deliver her first landmark state of the union address on Wednesday. What can expect from it? View on euronews

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UK "legally obliged" to respect original Brexit deal: Ursula von der Leyen [Video]

UK "legally obliged" to respect original Brexit deal: Ursula von der Leyen

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EU chief leaves summit to go into quarantine

eu chief leaves summit to go into quarantine
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen was forced to leave an EU summit Thursday shortly after it opened because one of her close staffers tested positive for COVID-19. She said..
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Greek PM, EU Commission chief call on Ankara to reduce tension

greek pm, eu commission chief call on ankara to reduce tension
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed that “Turkey has to undertake the necessary steps to reduce the tensions” in the East..
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Brexit: PM and EU president to 'take stock' of trade talks

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen will speak on Saturday as formal post-Brexit negotiations end.
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EU confirms legal action against UK over Brexit

eu confirms legal action against uk over brexit
The European Commission has given formal notice that legal action will be taken against the United Kingdom over its controversial Brexit legislation. Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that a formal letter..
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Orban demands resignation of EU commissioner for insulting Hungarians

orban demands resignation of eu commissioner for insulting hungarians
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova of making “derogatory public statements” suggesting Hungarians are building a “sick democracy.” Orban..
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Support from US and EU signals stunning successes for Irish diplomacy

support from us and eu signals stunning successes for irish diplomacy
They sound such an unlikely duo. Joe Biden's easy American drawl and Ursula von der Leyen's accented English are of different worlds. But they spoke in harmony this week - their words of comfort for..
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Von der Leyen 'convinced' EU-UK trade deal is still possible - FT

von der leyen 'convinced' eu-uk trade deal is still possible - ft
(Reuters) - European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said she was convinced a trade deal with the United Kingdom was still possible, the Financial Times reported on...
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Ursula von der Leyen: EU to appoint first ‘anti-racism coordinator’

ursula von der leyen: eu to appoint first ‘anti-racism coordinator’
On Wednesday September 16, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her priorities for the future of European member states. As the first woman at the head of the Commission, she did not fail to stress that the..
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Ursula von der Leyen name-checks Dublin-based student during speech

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UK cannot change Brexit deal: EU chief

uk cannot change brexit deal: eu chief
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the EU-UK bilateral withdrawal agreement without destroying global trust in the..
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EU chief warns hopes for Brexit deal fading

eu chief warns hopes for brexit deal fading
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen complained Wednesday that hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal are fading and warned Britain not to unilaterally modify the withdrawal deal. ......
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Five things from EU chief’s first State of the Union speech

The EU Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered her maiden address. Here's what we learned.
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EU's von der Leyen gives maiden 'State of the Union' address

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EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen will champion plans to relaunch Europe's coronavirus-devastated economy through a green new deal Wednesday, in her annual State of the European Union address...
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EU and China to talk trade as tensions mount

eu and china to talk trade as tensions mount
Russia, China hackers targeting US vote, Microsoft warns EU leaders are due to hold video talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday hoping to make progress on trade and investment, even as..
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Merkel demands ‘unconditional’ release of protesters in Belarus, as European Commission chief calls for sanctions

merkel demands ‘unconditional’ release of protesters in belarus, as european commission chief calls for sanctions
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen have slammed Minsk over its handling of post-presidential election protests and clashes across the country. Merkel's..
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Cautious optimism on a deal sensed as EU leaders enter fourth day of talks

cautious optimism on a deal sensed as eu leaders enter fourth day of talks
BRUSSELS, July 20 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday all expressed cautious optimism for an..
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EU, China to hold video summit to discuss coronavirus outbreak

eu, china to hold video summit to discuss coronavirus outbreak
Photo: AFP Leaders from China and European Union will hold a video summit today to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and tensions rising over new tariffs targeting Chinese firms. The heads of the EU's..
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No progress among EU leaders on virus recovery deal

no progress among eu leaders on virus recovery deal
European Union leaders found that a quick deal on the bloc's future long-term budget and a multibillion-euro post-pandemic recovery plan remained beyond their reach Friday as the coronavirus ravages..
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EU: Make China Rights Crisis a Summit Priority

eu: make china rights crisis a summit priority
(Brussels) – European Union leaders should use the forthcoming EU-China summit to press for an end to Beijing’s grave and systemic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today. The 22nd..
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EU chief executive: no post-Brexit deal without 'level playing field'

eu chief executive: no post-brexit deal without 'level playing field'
BRUSSELS — The European Union’s chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Wednesday that the bloc will do its best to seal an agreement on new ties with Britain by the end of the year but will..
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EU chief executive sets conditions for Brexit deal this year

The European Union will do its best to seal an agreement on new ties with Britain by the end of the year but will not compromise its core values to achieve that, the bloc's chief executive, Ursula von..
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British PM, top EU officials to hold talks on June 15

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the chairman of European Union leaders Charles Michel and the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will hold talks on June 15 to revive stalled..
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UK PM plans Brexit talks with EU's von der Leyen, warned to reach deal pre-autumn: FT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in June, with UK officials warning Johnson that an agreement was needed..
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Rocky path ahead as EU tries to temper coronavirus shock

President Ursula von der Leyen has laid out the recovery package - now she needs nations to back it.
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Coronavirus: European Union unveils unprecedented 750 billion euro recovery plan

coronavirus: european union unveils unprecedented 750 billion euro recovery plan
European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday proposed a 750-billion-euro post-virus recovery fund for Europe, but will have to win over sceptical member states to push it through. The global..
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International pandemic cooperation a 'no brainer': EU Commission chief

International cooperation should be a no brainer during a global pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday.
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EU Lawmakers Want Probe of Migrant Death on Greece-Turkey Border

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While Greek authorities have repeatedly denied a migrant shot dead on the border with Turkey was killed by Greek fire, more than 100 Members of the European Parliament called for a formal..
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Russia decrying removal of Soviet liberator statue is... ‘HYBRID WAR’ on Europe, claims Prague official behind tear-down

russia decrying removal of soviet liberator statue is... ‘hybrid war’ on europe, claims prague official behind tear-down
A Prague official responsible for removing a statue of Marshal Konev urged Brussels to protect the EU against Moscow’s “interference” and “hybrid war,” playing the time-tested ‘Russia..
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World leaders pledge $8 billion in fight against coronavirus, EU says

world leaders pledge $8 billion in fight against coronavirus, eu says
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World leaders promised $8 billion on Monday for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said at the end of a pledging event that..
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EU to provide one billion euros for global vaccine search: Von der Leyen

The European Union pledged on Monday 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion) for the global search for vaccines and treatment for the novel coronavirus, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen..
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Italian PM tells EU to 'show more ambition, unity, courage'

italian pm tells eu to 'show more ambition, unity, courage'
ROME: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday extended his feud about coronavirus money with EU commission chief Ursula von der Leyen in the pages of a Roman newspaper. Conte wrote a letter to..
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European Commission to mobilise €100bn in loans to help companies retain staff

european commission to mobilise €100bn in loans to help companies retain staff
The European Commission has said it will mobilise up to €100 billion in loans for member states to help companies hold on to staff during the coronavirus pandemic. The loans will be based on..
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EU executive chief concerned Hungary emergency measures go too far

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed concern on Thursday that coronavirus restriction measures taken by Hungary went too far and insisted they should be limited in time and..
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EU to propose new post-virus economic boost

eu to propose new post-virus economic boost
The European Commission will propose a new stimulus package to help the bloc recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday...
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Coronavirus: EU president criticises member states for closing borders to each other during coronavirus pandemic

coronavirus: eu president criticises member states for closing borders to each other during coronavirus pandemic
The president of the European Commission has criticised EU member states for throwing up border controls to each other during the coronavirus pandemic. Ursula von der Leyen warned of...
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Von der Leyen proposes travel restrictions to EU

von der leyen proposes travel restrictions to eu
BRUSSELS, March 16 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that she had proposed a temporary restriction on...
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European Union proposes 30-day ban on non-essential entry

european union proposes 30-day ban on non-essential entry
BRUSSELS — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wants the European Union to put in place a 30-day ban on people entering the bloc unless their travel is essential,...
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Macron, Merkel to discuss coronavirus, borders with EU officials

French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the coronavirus and the topic of border controls on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading EU officials Charles Michel and Ursula von der..
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EU disapproves of US travel ban, taken unilaterally and without consultation

The European Union disapproves of the U.S. decision to impose a unilateral travel ban on European countries, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles..
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EU presidents hit out at Trump's travel ban and say tackling coronavirus 'requires cooperation'

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel say the EU disapproves of 'unilateral' action
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In migrant crisis, Greece caught between EU job descriptions

When the current European Commission took office in December, its president, Ursula von der Leyen, created the role of a commissioner for 'Promoting our European Way of Life' and handed the job to a..
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EU suspends aviation slots rule as coronavirus hammers airlines

The European Union will suspend a rule requiring airlines to run most of their scheduled services or else forfeit landing slots, to give carriers some breathing space as the coronavirus crisis..
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Britain must follow 'rules of the game' if it wants access to our markets, EU president warns

Ursula von der Leyen says UK must make up its mind
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EU executive tells Turkey to take migrants back from Greek border

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey must move refugees and migrants away from the Greek border.
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EU Commission head says Europe stands by Greece amidst refugee crisis

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday voiced support for Greece's efforts to safeguard its borders amidst a build-up of thousands of migrants after Turkey opened its borders to..
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EU in dilemma over Turkey, but says migrants must not be allowed in

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said it was impermissible for Ankara to let refugees and migrants on..
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EU says Turkey in tough situation with migrants but must not let them into Europe

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said it was impermissible for Ankara to let refugees and migrants on..
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EU executive says Turkey letting migrants through 'cannot be' answer to Syria war

The European Union's chief executive, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed sympathy with Turkey over the conflict in Syria on Monday but said Ankara deciding to let refugees and migrants through to Europe..
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