Ursula von der Leyen seeks second term as EU Commission president

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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# 19 February 2024 17:15 (UTC +04:00)

Ursula von der Leyen on Monday, February 19, announced her bid for a second term as president of the European Commission, vowing to defend the bloc from forces aiming to divide it, APA reports citing Le Monde.

The 65-year-old German former minister's candidacy comes at a time when the bloc is facing strong headwinds from the far-right, Russia's war against Ukraine is still raging, and with the spectre of Donald Trump returning to the White House rattling allies.

The party's leader, Friedrich Merz, said on Monday in Berlin that the German party "unanimously chose Ursula von der Leyen" to be the candidate to stay in her post.

Following Monday's nomination by the CDU, the broader alliance of conservatives across the bloc – the European People's Party group to which the CDU belongs – is expected to name her as its lead candidate for the post when it meets in Bucharest on March 6-7, EPP leader Manfred Weber has said.

Von der Leyen outlined plans to "install a commissioner for defence" if she won a new term.