(EUobserver) EU leaders nominate first female EU commission chief

(EUobserver)

  • Brussels-born Ursula Von Der Leyen will still need to be approve by the EU parliament (Photo: securityconference.de)

EU leaders agreed to nominate the current German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, to be the first woman president of the EU commission on Tuesday (2 July) – but only after three consecutive days of discussions that often exposed deep division among the 28 heads of state and government.

The EU parliament still needs to give its final approval for von der Leyen, and many MEPs are angered by the deal, which picked a commission president who was not a lead candidate in the European elections last May.