EU swaps top team

As new leaders prepare to tackle the Union’s formidable challenges, Ursula von der Leyen’s role is uncertain and if Christine Lagarde is confirmed as ECB president the IMF will need a new chief. Here’s the best of this week’s comment and analysis.

Increasing political fragmentation makes coherent EU policymaking even harder

She is well-placed to oversee a new era of fiscal and monetary co-ordination

The challenges the continent faces have not abated, but it is now on a stronger footing

The French president went from anger to jubilation as he manoeuvred his choices into the key seats of power

New fund chief must defend open economy and global co-operation

Successful leadership depends on context, collaboration and character

She may not be the best qualified candidate for ECB chief, but she is not there by chance

Letter from Prof David R Cameron, Yale University, US — Monday’s most read letter