July 4, 2019 / 12:38 PM / 4 months ago

EU's outgoing chief executive welcomes 'true European' von der Leyen

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated as European Commission President, poses with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When the European Union’s outgoing chief executive welcomed his replacement candidate, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, on Thursday, his spokesman said they met as “true Europeans who have known each other for years.”

Von der Leyen has Jean-Claude Juncker’s full support after being picked by the bloc’s 28 member states to replace him as head of the European Commission, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel

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