European Council appoints new leaders: Who are they? Quick facts
The European Council has agreed on the future leadership of the EU institutions.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 2, 2019
Ursula von der Leyen - European Commission President
The leaders agreed to nominate German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the next European Commission president. Von der Leyen, who was born in Brussels, would become the first female president of the Commission.Also on rt.com German army admits most of its newly acquired military hardware is faulty & unfit for service
Von der Leyen has had a varied career, coming to politics later in life after a career in medicine as a gynaecologist. She is also a mother of seven and speaks fluent English and French.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her nomination had been approved "without any opposition."
Charles Michel - European Council President
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel was named as Tusk’s replacement. Michel will be the second Belgian to take the role, which was first held by Herman Van Rompuy in 2007.Also on rt.com Belgium ‘regrets’ helping elect Saudi Arabia to UN women's rights panel
Michel announced his resignation as PM after a no-confidence vote against his government last year, but still heads the caretaker government, with political talks continuing following an inconclusive election in May.
Josep Borrell Fontelles - High Rep. for Foreign Affairs
Spain's Josep Borrell Fontelles, a former European Parliament president, was tapped to become High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
As Spanish Foreign Minister, Fontelles has hailed European cooperation with China, expressing interest in its ‘Belt and Road’ global trade and infrastructure initiative and hinting at wider EU-China cooperation in the future.
He previously worked as an engineer for Spain's state petroleum company Campsa. In 2012, he was forced to resign from his role as President of the European University Institute allegations of conflicts of interest relating to his energy interests.
Christine Lagarde — President of the European Central Bank
Current chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde was chosen to head the European Central Bank.
Lagarde is a former French finance minister and lawyer who took the reins at the IMF after her predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in 2012 over sexual assault and rape allegations.Also on rt.com ‘Watch Lagarde’s face’: French government publishes VIDEO of Ivanka hobnobbing with world leaders
On Twitter, Lagarde said she had decided to "temporarily relinquish” her responsibilities as IMF Managing Director during the nomination period after consulting with the ethics committee.
Lagarde said in May that the ongoing trade spat between the US and China poses a "threat" to the world economy.
I am honored to have been nominated for the @ECB Presidency. In light of this, and in consultation with the Ethics Committee of the IMF Executive Board, I have decided to temporarily relinquish my responsibilities as IMF Managing Director during the nomination period.— Christine Lagarde (@Lagarde) July 2, 2019
Tusk hailed the new gender balance in the leadership of the EU's top institutions, saying on Tuesday that he was "really happy" about it. "After all, Europe is a woman. I think that it was worth waiting for such an outcome,” he added.
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