- European Commission
- 欧州委員会（後出 European Union (EU) は欧州連合、European Parliament は欧州議会、European Council は欧州理事会）
- defense minister
- scrape through
- ～ to spare
- internal division
- overall appointments package
- pro- ～
- top parliament job
Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president
BRUSSELS (AP) -- German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen, 60, was confirmed as the European Commission president on July 16, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union (EU).
The European Parliament voted 383-327 with 22 abstentions to approve von der Leyen's nomination. The confirmation required an absolute majority of 374 votes and von der Leyen scraped through with barely nine votes to spare in a cliffhanger vote.
Von der Leyen insisted the challenges facing the EU, from climate to migration and internal division, were such that there was no time to look back.
She will replace Jean-Claude Juncker when his term expires at the end of October.
Von der Leyen was put forward as a last-minute candidate by EU leaders as part of an overall appointments package. Her approval was a key part in the package of top jobs that EU leaders agreed upon early this month.
Under the deal, the pro-EU Renew Europe group got Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, 43, as European Council president and the Socialists won the top parliament job. France's Christine Lagarde, 63, was put forward as head of the European Central Bank.