Green EU lawmakers oppose von der Leyen's bid for Commission chief

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

The nominee to become to the next Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has been meeting with various political groups in Brussels on Tuesday. "The lead candidate process has not been respected which is a betrayal of the European electorate".

"The European Council is obliged under the Lisbon Treaty to take into account the European Parliament elections when nominating a Commission President - including in this case the "green wave" which is generally acknowledged to be a main outcome of the elections" said Jeremy Wates, EEB Secretary General.

From whether she has enough support from MEPs to if she stands behind a United States of Europe, see how von der Leyen responded in the video player above.

"The president of the European Commission needs to be the guardian of the rule of law and European values".

She added that as she has a child studying in the United Kingdom, "I know first-hand how the debates are - so respect, and good luck".

After promising to listen to calls to enlarge Schengen and the Eurozone, Ms von der Leyen pledged to fast-track up her predecessor's plans to introduce 10,000 more border guards to make her dream a reality.

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Philippe Lamberts, the group's second co-leader, said: "Only a few weeks after the climate elections, she is ignoring the climate emergency and even wants to aim for lower climate targets than previously agreed by the European Parliament". She also stressed that the focus of her attention will be on promoting the rule of law, digitalization, competitiveness and the fight against climate change.

"It is simply unacceptable that the candidate for the top job in the European Commission - the role that will shape the direction of policy in the EU for the next five years - was not prepared to answer this question". The vote will take place in the evening, at 6pm in Strasbourg. European Union diplomats believe the parliament will eventually confirm Von der Leyen, who yesterday recalled that she was born in Brussels and went to a multinational school there, adding: 'From the outset, I really lived and breathed the spirit of Europe. Should she succeed, von der Leyen said she wanted a gender balance at the Commission and that Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans would be her first deputy along with Danish liberal Margrethe Vestager, now the EU's competition chief.

She is still expected to get the majority in parliament.

The German politician is due to take over from Jean-Claude Juncker on November 1st if her nomination is backed by MEPs.

The defense minister and compromise candidate faces an uphill battle, as several members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voiced disapproval when EU leaders made a decision to ditch the "lead candidate" nomination process - in only the second instance of trying to use it - when European leaders couldn't agree on any of the candidates put forward by the party groups.

Defending the package and the legitimacy of the heads of state's choice, European Council President Donald Tusk stressed that, for the first time, the EU achieved a ideal gender balance in the top positions.

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