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Watchdog reprimands EU executive for failing to share Von der Leyen texts

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The EU’s official watchdog has issued a formal reprimand to the European Commission over its president Ursula von der Leyen’s failure to release text messages exchanged with the boss of Pfizer during the pandemic. The...

EU will likely grant Ukraine candidate status to join bloc, says Ursula von der Leyen

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The EU executive will next week make a recommendation on whether Ukraine should be given candidate status to join the bloc, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has said. Such a recommendation woul...

EU embargo on Russian oil will cut 90% of imports, says Ursula von der Leyen – video

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The EU has agreed to an embargo on most Russian oil imports after late-night talks at a summit in Brussels. Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said the ban would 'effectively cut around 90...

Ursula von der Leyen offers speedy response to Ukraine’s bid to join EU

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European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the civilian deaths in the Ukrainian town of Bucha showed the “cruel face” of Russia’s army and pledged to try to speed Ukraine’s bid to become a member of the Europ...

‘We are united’: Von der Leyen pledges €1bn to Ukraine in passionate address – video

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The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, gave a passionate speech in the European parliament in which she outlined the bloc's commitment to stopping Putin's invasion of Ukraine. She announced th...

Von der Leyen warns Russia of gas pipeline sanctions over Ukraine

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Nord Stream 2, the controversial Russian gas pipeline to Germany, will be part of the package of sanctions facing the Kremlin if Ukraine is invaded, Ursula von der Leyen has said. In comments that appear to go further...

EU must consider mandatory Covid jabs, says Von der Leyen

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The EU must consider mandatory vaccination in response to the spread of the “highly contagious” Omicron Covid variant across Europe, the European Commission president has said. In a call to action, Ursula von der Leye...

Merkel hesitates over handshake with EU’s Ursula von der Leyen – video

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Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, seemed wary of offering her hand for a full handshake with the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, at a Brussels summit. Von der Leyen instead graspe...

Von der Leyen: EU must acquire ‘political will’ to build own military

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The EU must learn the lessons of the abrupt end of the US-led mission in Afghanistan and acquire the “political will” to build up its own military force to deploy to future crises, the European Commission’s president,...

Brexit: Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol

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The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row. “The EU will continue to...

Von der Leyen rejects Boris Johnson bid to renegotiate Irish protocol

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The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has rejected Boris Johnson’s move to renegotiate the Northern Irish protocol, raising the temperature of a simmering Brexit row. “The EU will continue to...

Von der Leyen signs off first of EU’s Covid recovery fund plans

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Ursula von der Leyen has signed off on the first plans by EU member states to spend Brussels’ €800bn (£687bn) Covid recovery fund, as she sought to reverse the reputational damage inflicted on the bloc by the pandemic...

Brexit: Northern Ireland protocol is ‘only solution’, says Ursula von der Leyen

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Ursula von der Leyen has blamed Brexit for the disruption to trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland but has reiterated her offer to find “practical solutions” to issues destabilising politics in the region. Afte...

Ursula von der Leyen says EU could punish UK over Brexit breaches

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Ursula von der Leyen has warned that the EU will not hesitate to use the “real teeth” in the Brexit deal to punish the British government for breaching its obligations as MEPs prepared to consent to the historic agree...

Italian PM calls Erdoğan ‘a dictator’ after Ursula von der Leyen chair snub

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A diplomatic spat has erupted between Turkey and Italy, after prime minister Mario Draghi accused president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of humiliating European commission president Ursula von der Leyen, and described him as ...

Ursula Von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe at EU-Erdoğan talks

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An image of Ursula von der Leyen, the sole attending female leader, being the only person left without a chair during a meeting in Ankara involving the EU’s two presidents and Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ha...

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