German Eurocrat Nominee 'Hopes' UK Stays in EU

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The defense minister and compromise candidate faces an uphill battle, as several members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voiced disapproval when EU leaders chose to ditch the "lead candidate" nomination process - in only the second instance of trying to use it - when European leaders couldn't agree on any of the candidates put forward by the party groups.

German Defense Minister and candidate for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, center, is escorted by security guards and her assistants between meetings at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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"I welcome the commitments, given by Mrs Von der Leyen, to complete and strengthen the Capital Markets Union, but for Irish consumers, now facing sky-high interest rates and spiralling insurance premiums, this is a very theoretical response", he said. After being backed by European Union leaders Von der Leyen needs at least 376 MEPs to elect her as commission president.

The magazine also reported her saying: "In case we're going to have a Brexit, I'm convinced it is crucial how the tone is and the attitude with which Brexit happens".

We're warming to Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee to become the next EU Commission chief.

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However, Mr Kelleher said that he was unhappy that she failed to give any position on Ireland's corporate tax rate or assure that it will be respected.

During their meeting, they set as conditions for her election a genuine commitment to climate protection, sea rescue in the Mediterranean and a revamping of the lead candidate election process.

The European Commission president post is now held by Jean-Claude Juncker. And for that we will have to be more ambitious with our climate goals for 2030.

Yesterday night the Greens rejected her nomination after a live-streamed hearing at the European Parliament.

Referring to Germany's wartime Nazi past, von der Leyen said she was extremely sensitive to the guiding principles of Western rule of law and said there should be transparency across the bloc. "That was my first impression of Europe", she said. "We have an agreement - which hasn't been signed on both sides - and we have the backstop".

Von der Leyen's nomination had sparked harsh reactions within the European Parliament, as MEPs claimed the decision of the Council bypassed the lead candidates (Spitzenkanditaten) put forward by the political families all along the electoral campaign, and called EU leader's negotiation a "backroom horse-trade".

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