Who is Ursula von der Leyen?

She is a conservative politician newly elected as the president of the European Commission, taking over from outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker. Her term will begin on 1 November and will run for the EU’s five-year legislative period to 31 October 2024. Prior to taking up the post, she was the German defence minister from 2013, serving under German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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