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New EU executive line-up to tackle climate change, digital challenges

New EU executive line-up to tackle climate change, digital challenges

Ursula von der Leyen, described Mr Hogan as a tough but fair negotiator.

The appointment is a significant achievement for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who had lobbied for Ireland to be given a key economic portfolio in the new European Commission.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that she has chosen Italy's Paolo Gentiloni to be the EU's next economic affairs commissioner.

Italy's public debt now stands at a daunting 132 percent of GDP and the new government in Rome will struggle to meet belt-tightening commitments already made to Brussels, potentially leaving Gentiloni in the delicate role of enforcing rules against his own country.

Even if that is the case - which is not entirely certain given fierce British parliamentary opposition to the no-deal Brexit that Johnson says he is willing to impose - negotiations to work out Britain's relationship with the European Union will drag on for years. A final vote on her Commission will take place in October.

With Britain, Europe's other main military power apart from France, set to leave the EU, Germany has backed the French-led effort to identify weak spots in European armies with the goal of filling those gaps together as a bloc.

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Before taking office on 1 November, they must be heard by the European Parliament and approved by the European Council.

"He knows the hard issues we face", she added.

The third executive vice president, Frans Timmermans, responsible for justice and the rule of law in the current commission, a position which often placed him in conflict with the governments of Hungary, Poland and Romania, will manage the EU's climate action policy and the so-called European Green Deal.

Her team is based on recommendations from member nations.

On Monday, a source close to the Commission selection process acknowledged to AFP that von der Leyen has "some problems to work out" in configuring her team.

IRISH politician Phil Hogan is likely to be chosen as the EU's top trade negotiator this week and the appointment could prove disastrous for the United Kingdom as Mr Hagan would hold all the cards in future trade talks with Britain.


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