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ANNE-SYLVAINE CHASSANY: This Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, the former German defence minister, has been confirmed for Brussels' top job.
SPEAKER: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]
ANNE-SYLVAINE CHASSANY: She's the first female European Commission president and the first German in half a century. What to expect from her nomination. Von der Leyen won ratification in parliament by 383 votes to 327 with 22 abstentions. The nine-votes margin that has won her the seat raises some eyebrows in Brussels circles. And although von der Leyen seemed confident--
URSULA VON DER LEYEN: We must go further. We must strive for more.
ANNE-SYLVAINE CHASSANY: --parties whose support made a difference-- Italy's Five Star and Poland Law and Justice-- might expect favours in return.
What do we know about her proposals so far? Von der Leyen has presented a 24-page policy document with proposals on pay gap transparency measures, agenda-balanced College of Commissioners, and a green new deal focused on the carbon tax.
URSULA VON DER LEYEN: I want Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.
ANNE-SYLVAINE CHASSANY: Some issues, however, have been left unaddressed, such as taking a stand on the US and China trade war. Von der Leyen's commission is yet to be defined while she also has to respond to an ongoing investigation into allegations of mismanagement of the German security ministry during her tenure.