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Ursula von der Leyen: EU’s ‘general’ nears endgame of turbulent first term

By Jennifer Rankin

05 Apr 2023 · 11 min read

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  1. Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission, is considered the EU's voice on the world stage and has been named the most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

For years, Brussels has been needled by the question: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” The remark, widely attributed (probably wrongly) to the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, epitomises the idea that the EU has many leaders, but no voice on the world stage.

Today many in Brussels think there is someone at the end of the phone line: Ursula von der Leyen, the first female president of the European Commission, recently named by Forbes as the most powerful woman in the world.

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