July 16, 2019 / 6:47 AM / a month ago

Germany's Weber urges EU lawmakers to back von der Leyen in top job vote

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

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative Manfred Weber urged EU lawmakers to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the European Commission in a knife-edge vote on Tuesday, warning that a rejection would create political instability in Europe.

“We don’t need opposition now, what we now need is a constructive spirit,” Weber told ZDF television. Weber, himself a former candidate for the EU’s top job, said that von der Leyen was a political bridge-builder and a passionate European.

Von der Leyen, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, faces a make-or-break vote on Tuesday evening in her quest to become the European Commission’s first female leader.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Thomas Seythal

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