Candidates identified: who can take key positions in the leadership of the European Union

The new head of the European Commission may be German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, and the permanent President of the European Council — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. The candidates for key positions in the EU on Tuesday evening, July 2, after three days of intense negotiations, announced the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.

The leaders of 28 European countries have been discussing candidates for key positions in the leadership of the European Union since Sunday after the unsuccessful summit on June 20, at which it was not possible to agree on the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor as head of the European Commission.
The compromise reached on Tuesday evening was announced by the head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
60-year-old Ursula von der Leyen, who has been the head of the German Defense Ministry for six years, was nominated to the post of European Commission Chairman. A close ally of Angela Merkel, many called her a possible successor to the post of Chancellor. Ursula von der Leyen has an excellent command of the French language and enjoys authority in the political circles of France as a result of many years of cooperation in the field of defense.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde became a candidate for the post of head of the European Central Bank. 63-year-old French woman in the past was the first woman to take the post of Minister of Economy and Finance of France, and then the post of head of the International Monetary Fund. A lawyer by training, she was also the first woman to head a large American law firm.

The candidacy of the current Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel has been agreed for the post of permanent President of the EU, head of the European Council. The 46-year-old liberal is considered a master of political compromise. Charles Michel can also be called a “hereditary” EU leader: his father Louis Michel served as European Commissioner.

Finally, European diplomacy, the EU leaders offered to lead the Spanish socialist Josep Borrell to. 72-year-old Catalan, a staunch opponent of the independence of the region, in the past, held Ministerial posts in the government of Spain, and in 2004-2007 was the speaker of the European Parliament. Last year he returned to politics after a long break, taking the post of Spanish Foreign Minister in the government of socialist Pedro Sánchez.

Officially, the personnel decisions of the EU summit should be approved by the European Parliament. If the deputies reject it, the search for candidates for key positions will begin anew.