Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission

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EU leaders have put forward their nominations for the bloc’s top jobs, with a woman for the first time proposed as European Commission chief. The surprise choice of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker came after the main front-runners were rejected. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been nominated as the first woman to head the European Central Bank (ECB). The announcement follows days of difficult negotiations.

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