How von der Leyen can make the EU a true global player

The European Commission president needs to pass a number of tests to stop Europe being overshadowed by the US and China

29th November, 2019
How von der Leyen can make the EU a true global player
Ursula von der Leyen needs to get central and eastern Europe on board with her climate action plan or risk another front in a “culture war”

Ursula von der Leyen today takes office as president of the European Commission. She has promised to lead a commission that will avoid a scenario in which, as Emmanuel Macron recently warned, Europe might “disappear geopolitically” amid an escalating US-China rivalry.

To be sure, the European Union has the largest market in the world, the second-highest defence spending, 55,000 diplomats and the world’s largest development-assistance budget. Yet these strengths are constrained by the...

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