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The political reform agenda of Ursula von der Leyen. EPC Discussion Paper 30 August 2019

Duff, Andrew (2019) The political reform agenda of Ursula von der Leyen. EPC Discussion Paper 30 August 2019. [Discussion Paper]

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    On 16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen was elected as the next President of the Commission by 383 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to 327. The European Parliament which elected her was itself boosted by an unprecedented increase in overall voter turnout at the elections in May from 42% to 51%. Over the last few years, in part due to the financial crisis, a real European polity has started to emerge. Europe’s voters are paying attention. Whether they love or loathe the European Union, its citizens recognise its importance. However, the newly elected European Parliament is more fractured than in the past, and will be less easy to manage. Moreover, the election of Ms von der Leyen has been perceived by some as a renunciation of the Spitzenkandidat process initiated in 2014 which many saw as an important step forward in making the EU more accountable.

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    Item Type: Discussion Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    Subjects for EU documents: 1-test
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Institutional Author: European Union, November 1993 to date > Commission
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Discussion Paper
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 13:02
    Number of Pages: 8
    Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 13:02

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