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Jul 16, 2019 | 19:32 GMT

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EU: European Parliament Approves von der Leyen as Next Commission President

What Happened: The European Parliament has voted to approve German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, Reuters reported July 15.

Why It Matters: Von der Leyen, who is a strong ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was considered a compromise solution between France and Germany, although she was facing significant opposition from left-of-center groups in the European Parliament.

Background: European leaders decided to nominate von der Leyen — whose term will begin in October — in early July after dropping the Spitzenkandidat mechanism, which ended German conservative Manfred Weber's bid for the presidency.

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