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Managing a good ending to Brexit is a key challenge for ‘VDL’ after one year in office

John Downing


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Ursula von der Leyen: Good start but the next four years are packed with many uncertainties. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/ AP

Ursula von der Leyen: Good start but the next four years are packed with many uncertainties. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/ AP

Ursula von der Leyen: Good start but the next four years are packed with many uncertainties. Photo: Olivier Hoslet/ AP

The Brexit knife-edge grand finale and a bitter row blocking a €1.8tn EU budget caused most of Europe’s press to overlook an important anniversary on Monday.

That was the day Ursula von der Leyen – known as VDL in Brussels – marked a full year as head of the policy-guiding EU Commission. The first woman in its 60-plus years to take charge of this Brussels “engine room” has grounds to be pleased with the outcome of year one.


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