About: Ursula von der Leyen

Europe's East 12-04-2022

‘Ukrainians appreciated the visit of von der Leyen’

The best option for the reconstruction of the country after the war will be the joint effort of Kyiv and the European Union in the process of Ukraine's integration to the EU, writes Roman Rukomeda.
Enlargement 05-11-2021

Enlargement 2021: Captured states, captured Commission

With regard to EU enlargement, the citizens of the Western Balkans, but also many EU citizens, expect EU institutions and the member states to abandon hypocrisy, writes Aleksandra Tomanić.
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Energy 24-06-2021

Large-scale deployment of geothermal needs good regulation

GA Drilling CEO talks to Ursula von der Leyen about geothermal The decision of the President of the European Commission to personally deliver the Commission’s assessment of the national recovery and resilience plans to all EU Member States is more...
Development Policy 05-01-2021

7 million children are suffering in Europe’s coffee supply chain

The coffee, tea and cocoa consumed in the European Union and even inside the European Commission buildings are produced with slave and child labour, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz.
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2020

Science and Innovation as the way out of the crisis

The only plausible exit strategy for our current global challenges is science and innovation. We need EU funding for science and innovation more than ever… yet the Council wants to cut Horizon Europe, warn Pascal Lamy and Carlos Moedas.
Non-discrimination 24-06-2020

Will the EU walk the talk on tackling structural racism?

As the college of commissioners will discuss racism in Europe during its weekly meeting on Wednesday (24 June), activists Karen Taylor and Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin urge the EU to take real action against the phenomenon.
Electric vehicles 23-06-2020

Germany’s EU presidency: A chance to boost electric cars at home and abroad

Germany’s six-month-long stint at the helm of the EU Council Presidency will see it preside over talks on the Commission’s planned €750 billion recovery fund. Stef Cornelis explains why Berlin should ensure those talks result in a green agreement between...
Global Europe 10-04-2020

Avoiding the world another terrible contamination

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU should introduce a range measures including a common human health protection policy aimed at reducing the risk of future epidemics arising from poor sanitary or phytosanitary conditions that would have to be met by countries exporting product to the EU, writes Dick Roche.
Future EU 02-04-2020

Avanti, von der Leyen!

Playtime is over, so Ursula von der Leyen and her Commissioners better take out the big guns and follow in the footsteps of the Delors Commission, writes Guy Verhofstadt.
Biomass 10-03-2020

Von der Leyen’s first 100 days: Are Europe’s forests – and the climate – in good hands?

The Green Deal promoted by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has the potential to strengthen European, as well as global, forests and make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change, writes Hannah Mowat.
Global Europe 04-03-2020

Why did Boyko Borissov’s mission in Ankara fail?

If von der Leyen’s Commission really wants to be global, it should intervene at the root of the problem instead of trying to deal with the consequences, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
EU-Africa 06-12-2019

What if the world’s center of gravity had moved to Africa?

As Ursula von der Leyen prepares to make Ethiopia her first overseas visit, MEPs Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Norbert Neuser and Carlos Zorrinho explain why the new Commission president must reach out to Europe's African allies.
Global Europe 01-10-2019

Unsuitable mandates, wrong candidates: A difficult start for von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen still has a chance to chart a path to a fairer, greener, inclusive and prosperous Europe. But what values will she really uphold, asks a group of more than 20 signatories, including ActionAid, Climate Action Network, European Network against Racism, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Economy & Jobs 27-09-2019

The EU should avoid unnecessary labour market regulation

Job creation and productivity growth, not new labour market regulation, should be at the top of the new European Commission's agenda, writes Martin Laurberg.

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.
Politics 12-09-2019

Von der Leyen’s Commission: More presidentialist, more parliamentarian

The College put forward by Ursula von der Leyen builds on lessons learned from the sometimes negative experience of the Juncker Commission, writes Robert Stüwe.

Gulf crisis is testing a new generation of European leaders

A new generation of EU leaders is grappling with the shipping crisis in the Arabian Gulf in a way that could determine the future military posture of individual countries, and perhaps even of the European Union, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
Future EU 23-07-2019

The EU now needs a fully-fledged #EUCitizenCommissioner

We should never forget that democracy is not just about voting: citizens also want their voices heard between elections, write Roger Casale and Verena Ringler.
EU Elections 2019 17-07-2019

Top EU jobs: Is there a ‘cordon sanitaire’ against Central Europeans?

There are speculations that the next European Commission will have three vice-presidents, but none of them is from Central and Eastern Europe, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
EU Elections 2019 15-07-2019

Von der Leyen’s nomination is a betrayal of democracy

Ursula von der Leyen may be a relatively unknown name in Europe but we Germans are familiar with her work, most recently as the country’s Defence Minister, writes Martin Schirdewan.
Defence policy 24-10-2017

EU is moving closer together on defence

After the Brexit vote and Trumps election in 2016, the defence union came to the fore of the EU integration plans. The past EU summit showed that progress has obviously been made, writes Steffen Stiehle of EURACTIV Germany.