Ursula von der Leyen Struggles to Stay in the Saddle

Ursula von der Leyen Struggles to Stay in the Saddle

Ursula von der Leyen loves horses, but political horse-trading or show-jumping? Not so much.

Since her confirmation by a narrow vote in the European Parliament in July, the European Commission's president-elect — a former German defense minister and close ally of Angela Merkel — has hunkered down with a small coterie of aides to prepare her five-year term, appearing little in public and saying even less.

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