New European Commission chief begins term as she faces turbulence over Brexit and climate change

Ursula von der Leyen began her tenure as the new head of the European Commission on Sunday, as the bloc faces a turbulent future due to climate change and Brexit.

Ms von der Leyen, a German politician who was the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel’s cabinet, took the reins from Jean-Claude Juncker, the colourful Luxembourg politician who has reveled in tormenting Brexiteers over the past three years. 

 It is the first time that the senior role, which will make her one of Europe’s most powerful civil servants, has been held by a woman. Her tenure will last for five years.

The 61-year-old has said that climate change will be one of her top priorities, and she is due to unveil a new "European…

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