The race for the EU's top job was supposed to be clear cut.
Ursula von der Leyen might not be a well-known figure across Europe just yet, but she is the longest-serving minister in Angela Merkel's cabinet. As Defence Minister, she has faced some controversy lately over contracts related to the German military.
But the first woman to hold Europe’s top job told Euronews that she was simply pleased to win after having only 13 days to convince MEPs.
Emmanuel Macron said "we can be proud of Europe" after Ursula von der Leyen's win. But Nigel Farage said she would bring undemocratic centralisation.
Nico Semsrott of satirical party Die PARTEI staged a protest over European Commission presidential hopeful Ursula von der Leyen ahead of a vote on her nomination.
What happens if Ursula von der Leyen loses today’s vote at the European Parliament for her bid to be President of the European Commission.
After groups like the Greens publicly announced they would not be supporting Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission last week, she had one last debate with MEPs on Tuesday morning in Strasbourg. Read here to find out the ideas she pitched to appeal to all political groups.
Von der Leyen spoke about what she called Europe's duty to save lives in the Mediterranean, citing the 17,000 people drowned there in the last 5 years. She promised a new migration pact to tackle the problem, as well as a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050 and a boost for unity across the continent.
Germany's defence minister was confirmed as Jean-Claude Juncker's successor by 9 votes over the minimum after a much-criticised nomination process.
Von der Leyen finished her meetings with political groups in Brussels, but it's unclear if she will win the absolute majority of votes in Strasbourg. In other news, Angela Merkel decided to change protocol to prevent her from shaking. All this and more in the State of the Union.
As part of her pitch, von der Leyen has promised a gender-equal commission and said she wants Europe to be the first "climate-neutral" continent.
-Von der Leyen tries to win over MEPs
-Greece's new prime minister meets cabinet
-Italy approves closure of migrant centre
All this and more on Tuesday's episode of Raw Politics.
Euronews political editor Darren McCaffrey chased the German defence minister for a comment
European Commission President candidate Ursula von der Leyen is meeting with several political groups in Brussels to try and gain their support before MEPs vote on her position in Strasbourg next week. Her most anticipated meeting comes with the Greens on Tuesday afternoon.
The outgoing European Commission President deplored that European leaders had rejected the spitzenkandidat process through which he had been appointed to nominate German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
Gender balance shows steady improvement in the EU. Tesco warns against no-deal Brexit. Macron forced to get behind a trade deal that's not favourable with French farmers. All this and more in Wednesday's Brief from Brussels.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated to take over the EU Commission leadership from Jean-Claude Juncker — do people know who she is, where is she talked, and what are people saying?
They are the new faces of the European Union: Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Christine Lagarde, and Josep Borrell. Here are facts about the nominated for EU top jobs.