Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

Before the present position of her, she served in the cabinet of Germany from 2005 to 2019, holding successive positions in Angela Merkel’s cabinet, serving most recently as Federal Minister of Defence. Von der Leyen is actually a part of the centre right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) as well as the EU counterpart of its, the European People’s Party (EPP).

She was created as well as raised in Brussels to German parents. The dad of her, Ernst Albrecht, was one of the very first European civil servants. She was brought up bilingually in French and german. She moved to Hanover in 1971, when her dad entered politics to be Minister President of the state of Lower Saxony in 1976. As an economics pupil at the London School of Economics of the late 1970s, she lived in the title Rose Ladson, the household name of the American great grandmother of her from Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating as a physician from the Hannover Medical School in 1987, she specialized in female’s health. Throughout 1986 she married fellow physician Heiko von der Leyen of the noble von der Leyen family of silk merchants. As a mom of 7 kids, she was a housewife during parts of the 1990s and lived for 4 years in Stanford, California, while the husband of her was on faculty at Stanford Faculty, going back to Germany in 1996.

In the late 1990s, she became engaged in politics that are local in the Hanover region, and she served as a cabinet minister in the state government of Lower Saxony from 2003 to 2005. Throughout 2005, she joined the federal cabinet, initially as Minister of Family Affairs as well as Youth from 2005 to 2009, then as Minister of Social Affairs and Labour from 2009 to 2013, and lastly as Minister of Defence from 2013 to 2019, the very first female to function as German defence minister.[1] When she left office she was the sole minister to have served constantly in Angela Merkel’s cabinet since Merkel became Chancellor. She served as a deputy leader of the CDU from 2010 to 2019, as well as has previously been viewed as a leading contender to be successful Merkel as Chancellor and as the favourite to be Secretary General of NATO.

On two July 2019, von der Leyen was suggested by the European Council as the applicant for President of the European Commission.[2][3] She was next elected by the European Parliament on sixteen July;[4][nb one] she took office on one December, turning into the very first female in that function.