BERLIN (Reuters) - 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 a committed European.
“I’m glad because a persuasive and committed European will become president of the European Commission,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Even as I lose a long-serving minister, I gain a new partner in Brussels.”
Von der Leyen, the first woman in the post, is the first German to head the European Union’s executive in over half a century.
Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Kevin Liffey