Green EU lawmakers oppose von der Leyen's bid for Commission chief

The Brief is EURACTIV's evening newsletter

The German defence minister has been on a charm offensive to win over European lawmakers after her name was put forward by EU leaders in a surprise announcement last Tuesday.

German politician Ursula von der Leyen, who has been picked by EU national leaders to head the bloc's executive, made her pitch to European lawmakers on Wednesday, promising to focus on promoting the rule of law, competitiveness, digitalisation and the fight against climate change.

The latter comment was made in reference to the controversial Irish backstop, which to date the Europeans say they will not renegotiate, but which the United Kingdom fears could either lock it in regulatory alignment with the EU permanently - preventing the United Kingdom making future independent trade deals - or threaten the union if Northern Ireland remains in the Customs Union whilst Great Britain diverges after the implementation period.

Ursula von der Leyen, tipped to be the next chief of the EU Commission, talking about Brexit.

Von der Leyen also attacked Beijing's record on personal freedoms, criticizing the way it treats its citizens and predicting they will eventually rise up against the communist administration. 'We want to change Europe.we will take a decision next week about how we will vote, Garcia Perez told reporters.

United Kingdom police launch investigation into leaked ambassador cables
He asked the person behind the leaks to turn themselves in and avoid wasting detectives' time, saying: "You can stop this now". He urged the culprits: "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".

Von der Leyen, a 60-year-old former gynaecologist and mother of seven, switched between English, French and German as she spoke in favour of enlarging the eurozone and the EU's open-border Schengen area, provided countries meet the criteria.

Speaking a mix of German, English, and French, von der Leyen spoke about climate change, the rule of law, and allowing European Union citizens to have more of a say in policy.

"It needs to be done that we get a mechanism to provide for transparent making arrangements for observing that the rule of law is upheld in all member states", she said. The statement confirms an earlier plan to vote on the nomination.

While Brussels debates the process of the nomination, especially the decision to cast aside the lead candidates chosen by the political groups in favour of a surprise nominee, environmental groups are warning that the election of the EU's most powerful job can not ignore people's demand for a greener Europe. "And that's why we often overlook how consistently it pursues its goals and how cleverly". "We absolutely know how crucial this non-existing of a border for you is, and therefore having the backstop in the Brexit deal is", she said in response to a question from an Irish MEP.

The largest, centre-right group, the European People's Party, supports her with its 182 MEPs. "That was my first impression of Europe", she said.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Magnitude 4.6 natural disaster rumbles western WA
Exactly one week after 3 significant earthquakes hit the BC coast , a 4.6 magnitude quake struck near Seattle , WA early Friday. There isn't a connection between this natural disaster and the ones that rocked California earlier this month, Steele said.

Angels honor Tyler Skaggs with no-hitter, amazing game
After an uncommonly slow trot around the bases, Trout pointedly looked up in the direction of Skaggs' family in the stands. They had no doubt of a strong first pitch by his mom, a longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School.

Pakistan sacks judge accused of 'blackmail' in ex-PM Sharif case
Judge Malik, after being removed from his position as an accountability court judge, was asked by the Ministry of Law to report to the Law Division.

Here's why Trump is insulting Paul Ryan
It has been widely reported that during Ryan's speakership, he had a frosty relationship with Trump. Ryan had no comment Friday on the president's tweets about him, his spokesman Brendan Buck said.

Tottenham hijack Arsenal's Saliba deal
Arsenal are also pursuing Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, and hope to recruit a central midfielder and winger. Saint-Etienne and Arsenal had agreed a deal, just not payment structure/bonus clauses.

House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran
Republican lawmakers blamed Democrats for blocking sufficient aid to improve conditions and posing as helping while doing little. The House bill also includes an amendment that would bar Trump from attacking Iran without first obtaining Congress' approval.

Algeria: Super Eagles Change Training Ground As They Prepare for Algeria
Ironically, the only time Algeria won the tournament was in 1990 when they defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the final on home soil. However Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is confident his men will be ready for action against the Desert Foxes.

10 essential Dragon Quest Builders 2 tips to know before you play
Enter Dragon Quest Builders 2 , a sequel that takes the first game and streamlines many of its ideas and fixes many of its issues. The story and game-play are so much intriguing that ultimately assures you to have much fun doing a heck of stuff.

Stark County adult becomes first measles case confirmed in OH of 2019
The rash usually lasts five to six days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. OH has its first case of measles and the state's Health Department urged parents to vaccinate against the infectious disease.

'One Small Step' and Other Notable Quotes on Moon Landing
NASA's assistant deputy associate administrator of human exploration, Bill Hill, the second in command, was also reassigned. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said there was nothing wrong with what Gerstenmaier was doing.

Soccer star Allie Long says her LA hotel room was burglarized
De Blasio responded Friday morning to the Northport, Long Island, native with words of encouragement and a promise of a spare. The celebration was cut short for Long after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room in Los Angeles.

Japan, S.Korea officials meet amid flap
He said South Korean officials protested that Japan was providing only "very abstract" reasons for its stricter export controls. South Korea uses some of the materials to manufacture semi-conductors, which make up a substantial portion of its exports.

Mortal Kombat film will have fatalities on the big screen
The Mortal Kombat movie is being produced by James Wan ( Aquaman and Fast 7) and is due to begin shooting later this year. The writer of the MK reboot shared on Twitter that not only is the movie rated-r, but it will also feature fatalities.

Cryptocurrency Is "Not Money", Says Donald Trump
His American counterpart at the Federal Reserve also broached the topic Wednesday and Thursday when testifying before Congress. The U.S. president described cryptocurrencies as "volatile" and "unregulated" in a series of tweets published late Thursday.

'Misogynistic douchebag' goes on rant in a Bagel Boss, gets tackled
Several videos feature him entering businesses and berating workers, foreigners and women. "No one invited him for a bagel". When another male customer tries to get the man to calm down, that's when he really gets toasted . " It was insane.

Other news