The Rise of the Dark Horse: Ursula von der Leyen

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen emerged last week as the surprise choice of EU leaders for the next European Commission President. Von der Leyen, who is deemed a life-long high achiever, is now facing an uphill battle to receive the support of the European Parliament. But who is von der Leyen? With many scratching their heads in wonder, how did she become the top pick to head the Berlaymont?


FTI Consulting Brussels looks at a political career that has spanned over two decades and led to a Commission President nomination.

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