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Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

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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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Belarus opposition leader urges new protests [Video]

Belarus opposition leader urges new protests

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Friday called for new protests and an election recount, piling pressure on strongman president Alexander Lukashenko as he faces the biggest..

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EU survives COVID talks but not unscathed [Video]

EU survives COVID talks but not unscathed

Tense recovery talks have revealed deep political fractures in the European Union, questioning its ability to stay unified. Megan Revell reports.

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Our partnership significant for world peace: PM Modi at India-EU Summit 2020 [Video]

Our partnership significant for world peace: PM Modi at India-EU Summit 2020

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed India-EU Summit 2020 via video conference on July 15. PM Modi said, "India and European Union are natural partners. Our partnership is significant for peace..

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It's four years since the Brexit vote. Now what? [Video]

It's four years since the Brexit vote. Now what?

[NFA] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said a deal could be sealed in July with โ€œa bit of oomph,โ€ but European officials see no way through the Brexit deadlock. On the 4th anniversary of..

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Black EU lawmaker reports Belgian police violence [Video]

Black EU lawmaker reports Belgian police violence

Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a German Green party deputy who was born in Mali, told the European Parliament on Wednesday that she was a victim of "extremely traumatic" police violence outside a..

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EU pushes for global alliance to buy COVID-19 vaccines up front [Video]

EU pushes for global alliance to buy COVID-19 vaccines up front

The European Union is urging global leaders to agree on joint advance purchases of potential vaccines against the new coronavirus. Joe Davies reports.

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EU chief executive: no post-Brexit deal without 'level playing field'

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 not compromise..
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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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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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World leaders pledge $8 billion in fight against coronavirus, EU says

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 she chaired.
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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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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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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 mostย 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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We can agree on high standards, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
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Let's agree social, climate ambitions, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
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Now EU must deliver, Commission chief says on Brexit day

Britain's departure from the European Union shows the bloc must deliver for its citizens and its leaders must stand up for the project or else risk it failing, the head of the European Union's..
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Strength does not lie in 'splendid isolation' of Brexit, says EU president Ursula von der Leyen

EU leaders look towards the future at Britain departs
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Brexit to bring new start for EU, no fewer opportunities: Commission chief

The EU will start a new chapter after Britain leaves, with no fewer opportunities as a united force on global issues from climate change to technological transformation, European Commission President..
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Ursula von der Leyen: 'It's a very emotional day'

The President of the European Commission says Brexit has made the rest of the EU more united.
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We will find new path with London after Brexit, say EU leaders

The European Union will work hard to forge a future as an ally and partner of Britain after their divorce on Friday, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen wrote in Germany's Frankfurter..
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EU executive sets fair competition as condition of post-Brexit trade deal

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told Britain on Wednesday that solid guarantees of free competition were a precondition to a new trade agreement with the EU after Brexit.
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EU welcomes Libya ceasefire, says U.N. must lead reconciliation

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed on Monday a ceasefire in Libya initiated by Turkey and Russia, but cautioned that the United Nations must lead the process of rebuilding the..
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UK says Johnson had 'positive' meeting with EU's von der Leyen

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a positive meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, his office said ahead of longer-term trade talks to take place after..
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Prioritization will be needed Brexit trade talks - Commission's Von der Leyen

Prioritization will be required in Britain and the European Union's upcoming post-Brexit trade talks due to the tight end of year deadline, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on..
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'All will change' for banks after Brexit: EU head

Brexit will change everything for Britain's banks and other financial services firms in the European Union, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.
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UK's Johnson to tell EU chief: no extension to trade deal talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen that Britain will not extend its transition out of the European Union beyond Dec. 2020, and is not seeking a new..
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UK's Johnson to meet EU chief von der Leyen in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in London on Wednesday ahead of the opening rounds of trade talks that will begin once Britain formally..
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New EU president Ursula von der Leyen to visit Boris Johnson this week ahead of Brexit

Commission president with visit Downing Street on Wednesday
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EU chief questions UK PM's trade talks deadline

Ursula von der Leyen says she is "very worried" about the PM's December 2020 deadline.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson faces fresh row as EU chief questions deadline for trade talks

'On both sides, we should seriously consider whether the negotiations are feasible in such a short time,' says Ursula von der Leyen
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Brexit will harm UK more than EU, warns Ursula von der Leyen

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warns talks with the UK may face another "cliff edge".
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EU-Britain trade talks challenging, time short: Commission head

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said time was "extremely short" to seal a deal on the EU's new relationship with Britain before the end of 2020.
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EU executive expects mandate for talks on post-Brexit trade deal

The European Commission expect European Union leaders on Friday to grant it a mandate for talks with Britain on a future trade agreement, the head of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen told a news..
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New climate pact is EU's 'man on the moon moment': chief executive

The European Union's executive wants to mobilize 100 billion euros worth of investment to help the bloc's economies become more environmentally friendly, European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
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Merkel sees progress in U.S.-EU trade talks with new EU commission

The prospects of the European Union and the United States bridging differences on trade have improved after German conservative Ursula von der Leyen took over as head of the bloc's executive arm,..
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EU chief demands 'thorough and independent' probe into Malta journalist killing

The head of the European Union's executive arm, German conservative Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday demanded a "thorough and independent" investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne..
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