July 16, 2019 / 5:54 PM / a month ago

Von der Leyen vows 'united and strong' Europe after voted in as Commission chief

Elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech after a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Ursula von der Leyen promised a “united and strong” European Union after being narrowly confirmed by the European Parliament as the next head of the executive Commission.

“The trust you placed in me is confidence you placed in Europe. Your confidence in a united and strong Europe, from east to west, from south to north,” the German conservative said. “It’s a big responsibility and my work starts now.”

“Let us work together constructively because the endeavor is a united and strong Europe,” said von der Leyen, who will take up her new role on November 1.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Foo Yun Chee

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