Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s defense minister, is a name among the upcoming President of the European Commission. She is a non-threatening political individual on the European Union stage and a silent strategist barely known outside of Germany. However, her career in her homeland has oft been struck by scandals.
While EU-28 leaders clashed over numerous negotiation deal, all of which collapsed, Ursula von der Leyen, the 60 year old German woman, mother to 7 children, quietly arose as the preferred choice for the post.
If she wins, Ursula von der Leyen will be the very first female to the president of the Commission. She is a firm believer in sturdy Euro-Atlantic relations and recognizes the necessity of increased defense expenditure in Germany. She has stood behind the ideas of diplomacy and multilateralism on the international platform.
Her selection in 2013 as the defense minister of Germany also came as a shock.
Ursula von der Leyen was born in Brussels in 1958. Ernst Albrecht, her father, had acted as head of the private workplace of Hans von der Groeben’s. He was the German member of the newly formed European Commission at the time.
Prior to joining politics, Ursula Von der Leyen obtained a degree in sconomics from LSE and one in medicine from Hanover. An ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Von der Leyen has, since year 1990, been a part of the conservative CDU party.
Critics thought how she, like the previous women in her field, would fall into irrelevance.
In her initial 100 days at the office, she had to address numerous legacy issues left in place by the people before her. She was also, meanwhile, being deliberated as a potential Merkel successor, however, she did not possess enough power inside the party to get the support needed. Her ambitious nature has been met with criticism.