Ursula & middot; Von delaine
Brussels, July 17 (China Youth Daily & middot; China Youth Network reporter Ju Hui in the EU) on July 16 local time, the European Parliament voted to elect German defense minister Ursula & middot; Von delaine is the next president of the European Commission. Von delaine will officially take over the leadership of the European Commission from Juncker on November 1 this year for a five-year term. She will also become the first woman and the second German to hold this important position in EU history.
According to the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (generally regarded as the simplified 'EU constitutional treaty'), the candidate for the president of the European Commission is nominated by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament. According to the results of the secret ballot of the European parliament held on the 16th, of the 737 votes, 383 were in favour and 327 against, with 22 abstentions and 1 invalid vote. There are currently 747 valid seats in the European Parliament. According to the law, the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission needs to obtain a simple majority (i.e. 374 votes) before it can be passed. Therefore, von delaine narrowly crossed the border in the European Parliament.
In fact, von delaine is a 'dark horse' in the fierce game around the candidate for the next president of the European Commission. This year is the year of the EU's general election. The newly elected European Parliament began to perform its duties in early July, and the four important leadership positions of the EU, including the president of the European Commission, the president of the European Council, the EU high representative for foreign and security policy and the president of the European Central Bank, will be replaced within the year. As the highest executive head of EU institutions, the ownership of the candidate for the president of the European Commission has attracted the most attention, and its nomination process can be described as a "power game" with twists and turns. Many candidates, such as Weber, leader of the people's Party of the European Parliament and Timmermans, first vice president of the European Commission, were eliminated because they did not get the support of the leaders of the vast majority of EU Member States. After nearly three days of Marathon consultations, the European Council, which opened on July 2, finally decided to nominate German defense minister Ursula middot; Von delaine will be the next president of the European Commission. EU political analysts believe that considering the complex balance issues such as national weight, party interests, gender equality and geographical differences, as well as multiple factors such as its own party background, political experience, female identity and language advantages, von delaine finally became the most acceptable 'suitable' candidate.
However, the voting results of the European Parliament on von delaine also indicate that she will face unprecedented governance challenges. Juncker, the current president of the European Commission, was elected with a high vote of 422 in the parliamentary vote in 2014. In contrast, von delaine's support rate of barely more than half in the parliament seems a little "lack of confidence". Despite the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the appreciation of European Union leaders, including French President macron, von delaine is still critical and criticized by various political forces in Europe. On the one hand, there are many doubts about her ruling ability in German political circles and within the people's Party group to which von delaine belongs. During her tenure as defense minister, she was widely criticized for her poor management of the German defense force; On the other hand, other political groups such as the green party, the far right and the far left of the European Parliament, as well as many members of the socialist party and the Liberal Democratic Party, do not trust von delaine from their respective political ideas and party interests. Some members of the European Parliament publicly said they would vote against her before the election on the 16th.
After the voting results of the European Parliament were announced, von delaine expressed his honor and gratitude for the trust of parliamentarians. She said that this is confidence in a united and strong Europe. In the face of reporters, she admitted that 'the past two weeks have been the most tense moment in my political career'. In order to win as many support votes as possible, von delaine has been running nonstop in Brussels recently. She wrote to members of all parties of the European Parliament and made some policy commitments, including the implementation of stronger climate change policies, the implementation of a more equitable minimum wage policy across Europe, and so on. "I am committed to turning Europe into a climate friendly continent in the next five years," von delaine said
President of the European Parliament sassoli congratulated von der lain on his successful election as the next president of the European Commission, and said: "the European people have high hopes for the EU. The next few years are crucial to the future of the EU. EU institutions must cooperate sincerely in order to meet the severe challenges in all aspects."
Von delaine will officially step down as German defense minister on July 17. For her, the next priority is to work with the governments of EU Member States to form a cabinet. The European Commission is now composed of 28 members, including a president, several vice presidents and members in charge of various fields. They are from 28 EU member states respectively, thus reflecting the representativeness of EU institutions. In accordance with legal provisions and procedures, von der lain will request the heads of government of EU Member States to nominate their candidates for members of the European Commission as soon as possible, and submit them to the European Parliament for deliberation and adoption after deliberation and consultation. The president of the European Commission has the right to veto the candidates nominated by EU Member States. Juncker, the current president of the European Commission, once refused to accept two candidates for EU members. The European Parliament will vote on the overall list of members of the European Commission after the nomination hearing.