Von der Leyen came to her current position from that of Germany’s defense minister, in which post she was as fawningly subservient to the Pentagon as Monica Lewinsky was when she was shuffled off to the Defense Department in 1996. Excerpts from her Wikipedia page are at the bottom of the page.
The European Union is unwavering in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, insists on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and calls on Russia to recognize itself as a party to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Council President Charles Michel following the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on Tuesday, October 12, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
“Ukraine can be assured of our steadfast support and commitment to its independence, its sovereignty and its territorial integrity….And we call on Russia to assume its responsibility as a party to the conflict,” she said.
Her maiden name was Albrecht (Albright). Born in Brussels, aptly enough.
“[S]he lived under the name Rose Ladson, the family name of her American great-grandmother from Charleston, South Carolina.”
“[She] lived for four years in Stanford, California, while her husband was on faculty at Stanford University….”
She “has previously been regarded as a leading contender to succeed Merkel as chancellor and as the favourite to become secretary-general of NATO.”
“In 2015, researchers collaborating at the VroniPlag Wiki reviewed von der Leyen’s 1991 doctoral thesis and alleged that 43.5% of the thesis pages contained plagiarism, and in 23 cases citations were used that did not verify claims for which they were given.”