July 2, 2019 / 11:23 AM / 17 days ago

Merkel ally von der Leyen being considered for EU Commission head: Welt

FILE PHOTO - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen is being touted by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, as a potential successor to Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission, Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, the conservative von der Leyen, a close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, would be the president of the bloc’s executive. Christine Lagarde, currently head of the International Monetary Fund, was being considered for the presidency of the European Central Bank, it added.

Other candidates being discussed included Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel as a possible successor to Tusk as European Council president, the newspaper said. Slovakia’s Maros Sefcovic was being considered for the role of EU foreign policy head, it added.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin

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