New EU leadership

Europeans voted for change in the European Parliament elections in May 2019. They punished centre-right and centre-left political parties for their complacent approach to the EU’s most pressing challenges, and turned to political movements offering more radical solutions. In an attempt to secure the Commission presidency Ursula von der Leyen promised to respond to citizens’ concerns about climate change, jobs and security. But the new Commission president alone can achieve little. She needs the support of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament – EU’s two co-legislators - as well as a skilful team of commissioners to help her deliver on her promises.