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Presumably because Weber is leader of the EPP in the EP and Ursula isn't even an MEP. But the thing is, she doesn't even seem to be a particularly distinguished Defence Minister, so why has she appeared from left field when there are other EPP politicians, like Barnier, with so much more European experience.

I suspect a lot of countries don't want Weidman at the ECB, and appointing a German to Head the commission will prevent that, although conceding the President of the Commission is a high price to pay for blocking Weber. It looks like Merkel is serious about wanting to retire, so who else is there? Peter Altmaier? He's not even a woman...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:49:04 PM EST
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The only thing I remember her for is that she was widely derided for her internet censorship proposals and this:

German opposition to probe defense minister over spending scandal | News | DW | 12.12.2018

Ursula von der Leyen is suspected of poor management and nepotism over her department's allocation of contracts and its decision to hire a consultant as her deputy. A parliamentary committee is set to investigate.
by generic on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 04:57:25 PM EST
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One of the more amusing situations she created was the following: German army used broomsticks instead of guns during training

And this person is supposed to lead the EU - incredible.

by Fran on Tue Jul 2nd, 2019 at 06:37:57 PM EST
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Is she a Barroso?
A puppet, a tool of the Council, a means of sidelining the Commission entirely by making it powerless and laughable?

Seems likely to me.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 at 09:47:55 AM EST
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