Ursula von der Leyen Announces Bid for Second Term as EU Commission Chief

Brussels – February 19, 2024

Ursula von der Leyen Announces Bid

German politician Ursula von der Leyen, the current chief of the European Commission, has announced her bid for a second term. The center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party unanimously nominated von der Leyen, and formal confirmation is anticipated at the upcoming meeting of the CDU’s European umbrella, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP), in Bucharest in early March.

In a press conference in Berlin, the 65-year-old expressed her conscious decision to run for re-election, emphasizing her gratitude to the CDU for endorsing her as the top candidate for the EPP. Von der Leyen, who has led the European Commission since 2019, has steered the bloc through crises like the “COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” making history as the first woman to hold the EU’s executive position.

As Europe gears up for the June European Parliament elections, recent polls show a strong lead for von der Leyen’s EPP, increasing the likelihood of her securing another five-year term. The announcement sets the stage for a dynamic political landscape, with eyes on Bucharest in March for the formal endorsement of von der Leyen’s candidacy by the EPP.

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