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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. Unlike in the Council of the European Union, where members are directly and indirectly elected, and the European Parliament, where members are directly elected, the Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament.

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Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission

Five European Union countries will take in migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship before being allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday night, a European..
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EU says ready for no-deal Brexit, 'British would be the biggest losers'

The European Commission said on Monday that the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit and that Britain would suffer most under such a scenario.
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Videos for European Commission

Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance [Video]Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance

The European Union has restated its "single united position" over Brexit as Boris Johnson prepares for talks with the leaders of its most influential nations. The Prime Minister is set to meet German..

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Brussels available to 'clarify its position' on Brexit to new UK government, says spokeswoman [Video]Brussels available to 'clarify its position' on Brexit to new UK government, says spokeswoman

The European Commission is willing to discuss Brexit with Britain over the coming weeks, a spokeswoman told a news briefing on Tuesday.

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Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit [Video]Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit

Michael Gove, the British minister responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit, said on Tuesday he was saddened the European Union was refusing to reopen discussions on a divorce deal. Rough cut (no..

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Activists all abuzz as Belgians protest over use of pesticides in Europe [Video]Activists all abuzz as Belgians protest over use of pesticides in Europe

Environmental campaigners gathered outside the European Commission on Wednesday asking for an end to the usage of bee-killing pesticides.

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France's Macron Congratulates Boris Johnson As Britain's New Prime Minister [Video]France's Macron Congratulates Boris Johnson As Britain's New Prime Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Boris Johnson’s win as Britain’s next prime minister. Future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also congratulated Johnson. She..

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New EU chief von der Leyen 'will allow Brussels and Washington to reset relationship' [Video]New EU chief von der Leyen 'will allow Brussels and Washington to reset relationship'

Ursula von der Leyen's appointment as new European Commission chief will allow Brussels and Washington to reset their relationship.

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Your Call in full: Is Ursula von der Leyen qualifed to be European Commission President? [Video]Your Call in full: Is Ursula von der Leyen qualifed to be European Commission President?

Euronews' Darren McCaffrey was joined by MEPs to discuss Ursula von der Leyen's qualifications for the European Commission presidency. Watch the full episode for live coverage from Tuesday night's vote..

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Spitzenkandidaten: Is this the end of the political experiment? [Video]Spitzenkandidaten: Is this the end of the political experiment?

Ursula von der Leyen will take the European Commission presidency on the 01st of November, but she was never a 'lead candidate' for the top job. Euronews look at the costs of the now redundant..

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Ursula von der Leyen: What is the view from Germany on the new European Commission president? [Video]Ursula von der Leyen: What is the view from Germany on the new European Commission president?

Ursula von der Leyen might not be a well-known figure across Europe just yet, but she is the longest-serving minister in Angela Merkel's cabinet. As Defence Minister, she has faced some controversy..

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Ursula von der Leyen first woman confirmed as head of European Commission [Video]Ursula von der Leyen first woman confirmed as head of European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the new European Commission president, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union.

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MEPs narrowly back Ursula von der Leyen as next European Commission president [Video]MEPs narrowly back Ursula von der Leyen as next European Commission president

Germany's defence minister was confirmed as Jean-Claude Juncker's successor by 9 votes over the minimum after a much-criticised nomination process.

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Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen [Video]Nigel Farage launches attack on Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen

Brexit Party leader launches an attack on European Commission presidential candidate Ursula von der Leyen and French president Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the European Parliament. MEPs will..

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EU lowers eurozone 2020 growth forecast [Video]EU lowers eurozone 2020 growth forecast

The European Commission lowered its forecast on Wednesday for eurozone growth

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Juncker says EU top jobs nomination process 'was not very transparent' [Video]Juncker says EU top jobs nomination process 'was not very transparent'

The outgoing European Commission President deplored that European leaders had rejected the spitzenkandidat process through which he had been appointed to nominate German Defense Minister Ursula von der..

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Macron puts forward IMF's Lagarde as next ECB chief [Video]Macron puts forward IMF's Lagarde as next ECB chief

A furious day of talks in Brussels has seen IMF chief Christine Lagarde put forward by France to head the European Central Bank. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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EU's Juncker to miss G7 summit after surgery: spokeswoman

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will miss the G7 summit in France later this week following surgery to remove his gallbladder, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
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EU's Juncker cuts holiday short for urgent surgery: statement

The outgoing head of the European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team said in a statement on Saturday.
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EU's Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most

A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude..
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EU parliament chief urges Juncker to help migrants aboard Spanish ship

The European Commission should help 121 migrants who have spent a week aboard a Spanish rescue boat to find refuge, European Parliament speaker David Sassoli said in a letter on Thursday to the EU..
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EU open to Brexit discussions but prepared for no-deal: spokeswoman

The European Commission is willing to discuss Brexit with Britain over the coming weeks, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
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Brexit agreement is 'the best deal possible', EU Commission says

The deal reached on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union is the "best possible" and is not up for negotiation but the European Commission is ready to talk with British Prime Minister Boris..
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EU Commission warns of significant disruption from hard Brexit

The European Commission is open to talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid a hard Brexit that would cause significant economic disruption, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on..
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British PM Johnson unveils 'new approach', no UK commissioner to EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was launching a new approach to drive independent trade policy and so would not nominate a UK commissioner to take a place in the new European..
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France's Macron congratulates Boris Johnson, as ex-minister warns 'EU not for turning'

French President Emmanuel Macron and future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Britain's next prime minister, although a key Macron ally..
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No-deal Brexit would be tragedy, EU will stick to agreement: Timmermans

A no-deal Brexit would be a tragedy for both the EU and Britain but the bloc will stick to its withdrawal agreement with London, a deputy head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.
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EU executive ready to work with new UK PM: spokeswoman

The European Commission is ready to establish working relations with "any new prime minister of the United Kingdom", a spokeswoman said on Monday as Britain's Boris Johnson was expected to take over..
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Merkel: Britain will remain partner even if it is no longer EU member

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the European Union in future, adding that work with British Prime Minister Theresa May's..
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Incoming EU chief von der Leyen says 'we don't want a hard Brexit'

The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was..
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Sea-Watch captain says hopes for change in EU migrant rules

The German captain of a charity rescue ship, under investigation for aiding illegal immigration, said on Thursday she hoped the new EU Commission would work to let boat migrants enter Europe..
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Senior UK Labour members challenge decision to back new EU Commission chief

Members of Labour's top policy team are angry over a decision by their party in the European Parliament to support a new Commission president, questioning an "anti-democratic" move that elected what..
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Italy's warring coalition parties warn of government collapse

The leaders of Italy's coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European..
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Greece picks Commisssion chief spokesman as its EU Commissioner

Greece nominated the EU Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as its next commissioner, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Friday.
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League's decision not to back von der Leyen risks isolating Italy: Deputy PM

The decision of Italy's ruling League party not to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission risks isolating the country in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio..
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Italy's populist coalition clashes over EU Commission election

Italy's coalition parties clashed on Wednesday over the election of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, in a vote that could endanger Rome's hopes of..
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Germany's Von der Leyen secures powerful EU executive top job

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president on a platform of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe.
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Germany's Merkel hails her ally's move to Brussels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated her long-standing ally Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday on being confirmed as European Commission president, hailing the current German defense minister as..
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EU parliament confirms von der Leyen as next executive head

The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen, a German conservative, as the next president of the executive EU Commission by 383 votes to 327 against, the speaker of the assembly,..
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Most Social Democrats to back von der Leyen as commission president: party sources

Two-thirds of the European Parliament's Social Democratic members will vote in favor of Ursula von der Leyen's appointment to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, party..
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Von der Leyen wins liberal support for EU executive top job

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday took a step closer to becoming the first female European Commission head after her vision of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe won over liberal..
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EU liberal lawmakers to back von der Leyen as next EU commission head: chairman

Liberal lawmakers at the European Parliament will support German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president, the leader of the group said on Tuesday.
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Von der Leyen sets out greener, fairer Europe to EU lawmakers

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday sketched out her vision of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe in a last-ditch effort to win the votes of European socialist and liberal lawmakers to..
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Merkel says new German defence minister will quickly succeed von der Leyen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a new defence minister would be found quickly after Ursula von der Leyen announced she would resign regardless of the outcome of the European Parliament's Tuesday..
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Top EU civil servant Selmayr to quit post

The European Commission's top civil servant Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion to that post last year angered EU lawmakers and earned a rebuke from the European Ombudsman, will step down next week,..
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Von der Leyen lays out cards to EU lawmakers ahead of vote

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen sought on Tuesday to win over skeptical European socialist and liberal lawmakers to back her as European Commission president, laying out ambitious social, climate and..
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Von der Leyen faces crucial vote in quest to lead EU executive

Germany's Ursula von der Leyen faces a make-or-break vote on Tuesday in her quest to be the European Commission's first female leader, and a raft of promises made the previous day may help her win over..
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Explainer: Von der Leyen's rocky path to confirmation as EU Commission chief

European Union lawmakers are likely to confirm Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as president of the bloc's executive Commission in a secret ballot next Tuesday, but there is a risk she could fall short..
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German SPD lists von der Leyen failures in damning paper to EU peers

Germany's Social Democrats have circulated a damning paper to their European political group in which they call Ursula von der Leyen an "inadequate and inappropriate candidate" to lead the European..
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Merkel says German coalition discord over EU top job 'is not easy'

Opposition by Germany's Social Democrats, junior partners in the ruling coalition, to the nomination of conservative Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission chief is making governing difficult,..
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EU Parliament to vote on von der Leyen on July 16: spokesman

The leaders of the EU's political groupings on Thursday said the European Parliament would vote on Ursula von der Leyen's nomination to head the EU Commission on July 16, confirming an earlier plan, a..
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EU Commission nominee to defend Irish backstop in Brexit

The nominee for the next president of the European Commission vowed on Wednesday to defend the "backstop" provision in Britain's withdrawal agreement from the EU to avoid extensive border controls on..
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Poland sees positives in von der Leyen remarks on rule of law

Poland sees potential positive elements in remarks on the rule of law by the nominee to lead the European Commission, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Wednesday.
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EU Commission nominee hopes Britain would stay, open to Balkans

The nominee for the European Union's next chief executive said on Wednesday she hoped Britain would not quit the bloc and also urged EU governments to keep open a membership path for the Western..
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German coalition won't break over EU top job pick: SPD's Barley

Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition will not collapse over European Union leaders' choice of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to head the European Commission, senior Social Democrat (SPD)..
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Poland praises likely new EU Commission head, eyes better ties with Brussels

Poland's foreign minister praised the "non-confrontational" style of the EU's nominee to head the next European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and signalled that he looked forward to improved ties..
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German conservative boss warns coalition partners on Europe

The woman in pole position to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor warned her junior coalition partners against blocking the appointment of a German to head the European Commission, saying this would..
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Merkel ally chides German Social Democrats over stance on EU Commission chief

Germany's Social Democrats risk harming the coalition government in which they serve and triggering an EU constitutional crisis by opposing the nomination of Ursula von der Leyen to head the European..
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Tusk says von der Leyen dedicated to rule of law

EU leaders' nominee for European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, is dedicated to upholding EU rules on judicial independence and press freedoms, European Council President Donald Tusk said..
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European Commission declines comment on tanker seized in Gibraltar

The European Union's executive declined on Thursday to comment on the tanker detained in Gibraltar, saying that it had no information on the case and that implementing the bloc's sanctions was a matter..
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EU's Tusk asks European Parliament to approve von der Leyen

European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday asked the European Parliament to approved Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the European Commission.
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German coalition in disarray over von der Leyen's EU nomination

European leaders' nomination of Ursula von der Leyen to head the European Commission did not give the Social Democrats (SPD) reason to quit Germany's ruling coalition, a party leader said on Thursday.
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EU Commission nominee seeks parliament support after top jobs wrangle

European Union governments' surprise nominee for president of their executive, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, sought support in the bloc's parliament on Wednesday, hoping to secure the confirmation..
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EU's eastern bloc ignored in top jobs deal

Eastern European states have ended up empty-handed in the EU top jobs bonanza after they expended all their political capital in successfully blocking Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans from becoming..
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Germany says no need for cabinet to back new Commission chief

It is up to the European Council of EU leaders to nominate a new European Commission chief and not a national government, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Wednesday, dismissing a call for..
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