Von der leyen becomes 1st female eu executive chief

Added On July 18, 2019

On Tuesday, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen was elected to be the next president of the European Commission with a slim majority.
Von der Leyen made history as the first female chief executive of the European Union.
The slim majority also helped avert a political crisis for the world's largest trading bloc.
URSULA VON DER LEYEN, President-to-be of the European Commission
“I feel so honored, and I am overwhelmed, and I thank you for the trust you placed in me. The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and a strong Europe from east to west, from south to north. Your confidence in a Europe that is ready to fight for the future rather than fighting against each other. Your confidence in a Europe that will take the big challenges of our times together. The task ahead of us humbles me, it's a big responsibility, and my work starts now."
Von der Leyen's election marks a milestone for women in EU politics, and she promised she would lead by example in gender equality.