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European Commission / PODCAST

EU leaders agree on top jobs, but will it stick?

After a marathon Council meeting, EU leaders finally settled on a new leadership team for the bloc, picking German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as president of the Council, IMF’s Christine Lagarde as president of the ECB, and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the new High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

In this episode, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis lifts the curtain on what was going on behind closed doors at the summit and explains how von der Leyen became the Commission president candidate everyone could get behind (sort of). He also covers what this means for the Spitzenkandidaten process, lessons learnt (introduce transnational lists, pick your Spitzenkandidat carefully, and Parliament, take the initiative!), and what will happen next.




European Commission / DISCUSSION PAPER
The von der Leyen European Commission at midterm: Same priorities, different reality
By Corina Stratulat , Annika Hedberg , Stefan Sipka , Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Johannes Greubel , Francesco De Angelis , Laura Rayner , Perle Petit , Silvia Carta , Simon Dekeyrel , Melanie Fessler , Tommaso Grossi , Emily Fitzpatrick , Elizabeth Kuiper , Marta Mucznik - 13/06/2022
European Commission / COMMENTARY
A more streamlined Commission structure
By Fabian Zuleeg - 19/07/2019
European Commission / COMMENTARY
Three cheers (and questions) for the new Commission
By Janis A. Emmanouilidis , Antonio Missiroli - 01/12/2009

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European Commission / INTERVIEW
Ritt auf der Rasierklinge
Fabian Zuleeg was quoted in an article by Welt Am Sonntag, assessing the current European Commission and Ursula von der Leyen's achievements. 

The article was published on 30 July in German.

30 July 2023 - ,
Welt Am Sonntag
European Commission / INTERVIEW
Interview with RND
Teona Lavrelashvili was interviewed by RND on the reasons behind the recent staffing problems at the European Commission. 

Read the article here. (In German)

06 September 2023 - ,
European Commission / INTERVIEW
Von der Leyen will EU-Kommissionschefin bleiben
Janis Emmanouilidis was interviewed by Deutsche Welle on Ursula Von der Leyen's bid for a second presidency of the European Commission.

Read it here. (In German)

19 February 2024 - ,
Deutsche Welle

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