EU: "The election of Ursula von der Leyen is good news for France"

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The new president of the Commission will promote a common defense policy, said Jean-Dominique Giuliani, president of the Robert Schuman Foundation.

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen became Tuesday the first woman president of the European Commission. However, this close friend of Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected by the European Parliament: appointed on July 2 by European leaders at a three-day summit in Brussels, she won 383 votes in a vote by secret ballot.

The former German defense minister was to win an absolute majority of 374 votes, regardless of the number of votes cast, to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in November. The latter belongs, like her, to the right wing formation of the European People's Party (EPP). In 2014, he obtained 422 votes against 250.

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