Europe's new executive Ursula von der Leyen has a distinct French hue

Officials will ensure bloc defends its interests, especially in tech, a stance pushed by Macron

LONDON • France has emerged as the main winner from the latest appointments to the new European Commission, the EU's executive body, which is due to assume office at the end of next month.

For although Dr Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming commission chief, has tried to keep a balance between Europe's competing geographic centres and interests, it is clear French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in ensuring some plum jobs went to his country, and also promoted others close to the French political agenda.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2019, with the headline 'Europe's new executive has a distinct French hue'. Print Edition | Subscribe