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Challenges mount as Von der Leyen ends first 100 days at EU playing into a storm

John Downing


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Challenges:  EU President Ursula von der Leyen has faced a tough first 100 days in the job. Picture: Reuters

Challenges: EU President Ursula von der Leyen has faced a tough first 100 days in the job. Picture: Reuters

Challenges: EU President Ursula von der Leyen has faced a tough first 100 days in the job. Picture: Reuters

In fairness, she had no idea the final week of her first 100 days would include trying to frame a response to a global plague. Against that, it should have come as no great surprise to new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that the migration flashpoint in Turkey and Greece was ready to flare up again with a vengeance at any given time.

We mention these things because the former German defence minister today passes 100 days in her new job in Brussels. The symbolism of these 100 days as a first assessment of success in office has been with us for some time.

Many people date it to July 1933, when legendary US president Franklin D Roosevelt made a major deal of it during his regular radio broadcast on that landmark date. Ms Von der Leyen already has two things in common with the storied US president.