3 Jul 2019

MEPs deciding on next head of European Commission 

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

In Strasbourg, Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been meeting MEPs in an effort to rally support behind her appointment as the next head of the European Commission. She’ll need a majority to take over the job from Jean-Claude Juncker in November. Meanwhile the European Parliament elected its next president, the Italian socialist David-Maria Sassoli, who described Brexit as “painful”.