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Von der Leyen won’t stand as MEP candidate in shot at second term

Von der Leyen won’t stand as MEP candidate in shot at second term

BERLIN — Ursula von der Leyen won’t run in Germany for a seat in the European Parliament in next year’s EU election — but may nevertheless become the center right’s lead candidate for a second term as president of the European Commission. The German politician told her local branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)...

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What Ursula von der Leyen said vs. what she meant

What Ursula von der Leyen said vs. what she meant

BRUSSELS — Ursula von der Leyen’s State of the Union address on Wednesday hit several strong rhetorical notes, from soaring invocations of historical destiny to a touching anecdote about a Ukrainian mother who fled to Europe with her son. For the European institutions, which say “strategy” frequently and practice it rarely, this was big-picture stuff. It...

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A renewed Europe can only be built from the political center

A renewed Europe can only be built from the political center

Ahead of next year’s European elections, polarization and fragmentation are in the air. Some European conservatives are acting irresponsibly and putting populist approaches ahead of pragmatism. The left is drawn to economic populism. We know that the Europe of tomorrow can only be built from the political center. This week, liberals, centrists, democrats and reformists...

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Europe’s message to workers: Retrain or fall behind

Europe’s message to workers: Retrain or fall behind

This article is part of the Bridging the Skills Divide special report, presented by Cisco. If Europe wants to have a competitive workforce, it has to teach its citizens a lesson: School is never out. For years, a person’s educational pathway was simple. They learned at school when they were young, under teachers’ supervision. They...

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‘Complete denial’: Europe largely blind to Chinese influence, says EU adviser

‘Complete denial’: Europe largely blind to Chinese influence, says EU adviser

BRUSSELS — China is ramping up efforts to influence policy and public opinion in the EU — but much of the bloc is blind to what’s happening, a special adviser to the European Commission told POLITICO. Beijing has long aimed propaganda at the European Union, seeking to undermine transatlantic unity and promote Beijing’s outlook on...

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All hail Queen Ursula!

All hail Queen Ursula!

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Move over, King Charles III. The European Union is getting ready to crown its own monarch: Ursula von der Leyen. But there’s nothing symbolic about the power she wields. As president of the bloc’s executive arm, von der Leyen is due to serve until...