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Ursula von der Leyen



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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and the President-elect of the European Commission. She served as Minister of Defence of Germany from 2013 to 2019. She is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and is the first woman to hold the office of German defence minister in addition to being the first to become President of the European Commission.
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  • Personal 

  • Plagiarism accusations 

  • State minister, 2003–2005 

  • Minister of Family Affairs and Youth, 2005–2009 

  • Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, 2009–2013 

  • Minister of Defence, 2013–2019 

  • International crises 

  • Armed forces reform 

  • Military procurement 

  • Arms exports 

  • President of the European Commission 

  • Other activities 

  • Childcare and parental leave 

  • Blocking internet child pornography 

  • Foreign policy 

  • European integration 

  • Same-sex marriage 

  • Honours 

  • Publications