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Tough credibility test for new European Commission president

Ursula von der Leyen has to work hard to establish political authority after narrow win

Leaders in Europe can afford to breathe easy after their choice to lead the European Union's executive body, Dr Ursula von der Leyen, secured the top EU job, thereby avoiding the danger of a major political stalemate.

The former German defence minister will become the European Commission president after narrowly winning the confirmation of the European Parliament on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2019, with the headline 'Tough credibility test for new European Commission president'. Print Edition | Subscribe