Top: Von der Leyen vote: Europe’s media welcome EU Commission choice


Selection of Europe's front pages

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Papers welcome Ursula von der Leyen’s slender win

Most European newspapers welcome Ursula von der Leyen’s election as European Fee president whereas declaring a slew of robust challenges she now faces.

“It was not simple, and he or she knew it: her tenacity was rewarded,” says Italy’s centrist each day La Stampa. “The large electors, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, sighed with reduction. There was no plan B.”

The paper says the previous German defence minister faces tough selections whereas “the European venture is being attacked from many sides, from nationalist populists inside to Donald Trump and a constellation of autocrats exterior, with the wound of Brexit remaining open”.

For German enterprise each day Handelsblatt “the following few years will present whether or not our continent is prepared and in a position to compete with the USA and China – economically, technologically and politically”.

Slender victory

A number of papers weigh up the implications of her slender margin of victory.

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‘Wafer-thin’ outcome

For Germany’s centre-right Die Welt, “the wafer-thin election outcome by solely 9 votes was a shock, nearly a shock, however it should give future EU Fee President Ursula von der Leyen a decisive strategic benefit”. A much bigger victory would have required further concessions to “right-wing populists and nationwide conservatives”, it says.

“The weak election outcome displays one factor particularly: a closely fragmented parliament by which all of the factions have tasted blood.”

Italy’s liberal La Repubblica believes that her nomination “was the results of a compromise between Germany and France, with consent from the Italian authorities and the Visegrad bloc nations.” It notes that with 51.27% of the parliamentary vote, she had much less assist than her predecessors.

Poland’s conservative Rzeszpospolita factors out that every one MEPs representing Poland’s ruling Regulation and Justice celebration (PiS) backed the previous German defence minister. This, the paper says, offers Warsaw causes to hope that “the brand new European Fee won’t resume the ideological campaign, which [Dutch Socialist] Frans Timmermans ran”, and that “Brussels will abandon all its fantasies in regards to the formation of a European military and the weakening of Nato”.

Optimistic ideas

Brighter endorsements for von der Leyen emerge in different newspapers as we speak. Spain’s conservative La Razon thinks she got here throughout in a really convincing means within the run-up to the vote, acclaiming her as a “convincing orator”.

“Von der Leyen deployed all her heavy artillery in a collection of statements with a notably environmental and social character,” the Spanish paper says.

“The European Parliament has put apart its misgivings and opted for a practical answer,” Germany’s centre-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says. And the truth that her nationality performed nearly no function within the previous debate is “spectacular proof of how EU cooperation has eroded historic distrust”.

“Regardless of all official criticism of the method of her nomination, EU Fee President Ursula von der Leyen continues to be a chance for Europe!” declares Austria’s conservative Oesterreich tabloid.

“Not solely due to her private CV: a mom of seven, a girl of energy, fluent in three languages. Von der Leyen is a fervent European. And, above all, she has a imaginative and prescient that she introduced yesterday in her 33-minute speech within the European Parliament, very emotional and combative.”

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La Stampa: ‘There was no plan B’

France’s left-wing Libération praises her Strasbourg speech as “correct, spirited, vigorous, humane and never with out emotion when she was talking in regards to the European venture of the refugee drama”.

The subsequent head of the European Fee confirmed herself to be filled with vitality, refreshing and prepared to keep away from doublespeak, in distinction to her predecessor Jean-Claude Juncker, who appeared “prematurely aged” and “worn out”, it provides.

Essential votes

Many European papers level out that von der Leyen owes her victory to a batch of essential votes garnered from the European Parliament’s Eurosceptic wing.

Libération says though it was a secret poll, it was clear she relied on the assist of Italy’s 5 Star Motion and Poland’s ruling PiS as they’d mentioned prematurely they had been supporting her.

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NRC Handelsblad: ‘She went for the political centre’

Italy’s centrist Il Messaggero factors out that Italy’s different ruling celebration, the League, rejected her, a symptom of the divisions in Rome’s authorities.

On the final minute, Ursula von der Leyen determined in opposition to making guarantees to right-wing populists, says Dutch centre-right each day NRC Handelsblad. “As a substitute, she went for the political centre, with a pointy, private speech. And by the night, she may name herself fee president.”

Hungary, like Poland, faces battles forward with Brussels as its ruling nationalist Fidesz celebration clashed together with her predecessor’s imaginative and prescient over core EU values.

Hungary’s predominant pro-government mouthpiece Magyar Nemzet is unimpressed.

“The European Union’s present set-up can’t produce something however a politically-correct and fully colourless and odourless Fee, with a frontrunner who is aware of extra about backroom dealings however much less about actual issues than we do,” it says.

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