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By the tip of the month, the Twenty-Seven need to finalize the European construction for the subsequent 5 years. A primary assembly of the Heads of State and Government shall be held at present, 17 June night, in Brussels. In latest days, within the wake of the election results of 6-9 June, indicators of Ursula von der Leyen's affirmation as President of the European Commission have multiplied. There is a need on many sides to make sure stability within the European Union, in a context of nice uncertainty at each neighborhood and worldwide ranges.

Towards a affirmation of von der Leyen

There are 4 appointments on the desk: along with the presidency of the neighborhood govt, there’s additionally the determine of the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, the presidency of the European Council and the presidency of the European Parliament. Traditionally, decisions are a compromise between electoral outcomes, nationwide needs, private ambitions in addition to the pursuit of geographical and gender balances. Mrs von der Leyen, 65, goals to be confirmed as head of the Commission.

The People's Party, to which he belongs, gained the elections, with a greater consequence than anticipated. In latest years, the previous German minister has aggravated some international locations, particularly when on 7 October she unexpectedly sided with Israel, after the assault on the Jewish state by Hamas. At the identical time, you could have handled the newest crises with simple effectiveness: from the pandemic to hyperinflation to the warfare in Ukraine.

The most hesitant international locations appear to have put apart a lot of their doubts. A senior European Union chief explains: “France also seems to have rallied behind Ursula von der Leyen.” From Puglia, the place the Italian-led G7 concluded on Saturday 15 May, French President Emmanuel Macron himself stated he was optimistic: «The dialogue takes place between us heads of state and authorities. We talked to one another. An settlement appears attainable within the subsequent few days, within the subsequent few weeks.”

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The role of Macron and Scholz

With Ursula von der Leyen, President Macron had the opportunity to speak both in Paris on Wednesday and later here in Puglia. In fact, the current president of the Commission then received what appeared to be support from the United States. In a first public speech on Thursday during the G7 meeting, President Joe Biden made every effort to personally greet the prime minister and hostess Giorgia Meloni and Mrs von der Leyen herself. Mere courtesy or even a political gesture? In an interview with Die Welt published on Saturday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz predicted “very speedy selections”, and explained that “there are each indicators that Ursula von der Leyen will have the ability to maintain a second time period”.