Ursula von der Leyen was born in 1958 in Brussels. She is an economist by education (she studied, among other things, at the London School of Economics) and a doctor. She entered politics relatively late, in 1990, when she joined the Christian Democratic Union party. She was 32 years old at the time. She first joined the German government in 2005, when she became Family Minister in Angela Merkel’s government. In 2009 she became Minister of Labor, and in 2013 – Minister of Defense. He has been president of the European Commission since 2019.
The private life of the President of the European Commission is as interesting as her political life. Von der Leyen is the daughter of Ernst Albrecht, the former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony. She was born in Brussels because her father was an EU official at the time. However, what makes the biggest impression on public opinion is the fact that the professor and her husband. Heiko von der Leyen raised seven children. The eldest, son David, is currently 36 years old, and the youngest, Gracie, is 24 years old.
She did not hide this in her statements before assuming her position in the European Union structures He is a supporter of European federalism. – My goal is the United States of Europe, with a structure similar to Switzerland, Germany or the United States of America — she said in 2011 in an interview with “Der Spiegel.” She stressed that a common currency is not enough to compete successfully in the global market, and therefore a strong political union is needed. In 2015, she maintained this position. She also warned against the formation of different European alliances, which could lead to the division of the European Union.
Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination was supported by, among others, the Law and Justice Delegation. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also spoke positively about the politician after the summitwho noted that he saw an opportunity to “build a common denominator” with Ursula von der Leyen. Among the topics in which good cooperation is particularly relied upon, he mentioned industrial policy, competitiveness and innovation, as well as the approach towards NATO and Russia.
The dispute over the rule of law destroyed the good relations between the previous government and the European Commission. Now, Donald Tusk, the Coalition’s candidate for Prime Minister, is counting on a new deal and, above all, on the release of funds from the KPO. As a former president of the European Council, he has more allies in Brussels. However, formalities may be an obstacle to unblocking payments.
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