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New parliament sworn in

Greece's new parliament was sworn in on Wednesday following snap elections held on July 7.
Six parties are represented in the new parliament: New Democracy with 158 seats, SYRIZA with 86, the center-left Movement for Change alliance (KINAL) with 22, the Communist Party (KKE) with 15, the far right Greek Solution with 10 and the anti-austerity MeRA25 with 9.

German minister confirmed for top EU post

The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EUs executive commission.
The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote with 22 abstentions on Tuesday to approve von der Leyen's nomination. She will be the first woman to serve as European Commission president. Dancila disputes dignitaries, diplomats carried out Romania's EU Council presidency

The Romanian presidency of the EU Council was headed by the government, and it was not dignitaries or diplomats of Romania that carried out the tenure, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Tuesday in a debate that assessed the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, organized at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, in response to the criticism by PLUS MEP Dragos T

PM Dancila: At EU Council Presidency, Romania confirmed the full member statute; goal to end CVM - legitimate

Romania has confirmed its statute as a full member through exercising the Presidency of the European Union Council, which shows the legitimacy of our country's aspiration to conclude the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated on Tuesday in the plenary meeting of the European Parliament.

EP Will Vote Today Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen 's Nomination for President of the European Commission

Tonight, the European Parliament will vote on the European Council's proposal,Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen, to head the European Commission. Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen needs the support of an absolute majority of European deputies.

Alexander Yordanov: Serbia Must First Become a Member of NATO Before the EU

,,The work of the European Parliament has begun. This week was a week of election of committee leadership'', said Alexander Yordanov, MP from the UDF / EPP. And he specified that, unfortunately, many of them were not elected, and this also spoke indirectly about the contradictions that exist between the different political groups.

The challenges ahead

The easy bit is over for newly elected Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis - at least as regards beating SYRIZA and forming a majority New Democracy government. Up until a couple of months ago, these were not things that could be taken for granted, regardless of what some people now claim.

Lessons of the EU Leadership Fight

Then, in November, Christine Lagarde is set to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank.

The good news is that each of these candidates would strengthen the EU at a time of global insecurity. The bad news is that the EU itself will continue to face significant challenges from within.