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The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. Unlike in the Council of the European Union, where members are directly and indirectly elected, and the European Parliament, where members are directly elected, the Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament.

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ROME — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the..
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The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds,..
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The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds,..
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The German captain of a charity rescue ship, under investigation for aiding illegal immigration, said on Thursday she hoped the new EU Commission would work to..
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday congratulated Ursula von der Leyen on being elected as the new president of the European...
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Members of Labour's top policy team are angry over a decision by their party in the European Parliament to support a new Commission president, questioning an..
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The leaders of Italy's coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over..
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Greece nominated the EU Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as its next commissioner, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Friday.
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Boris Johnson's claim that British kipper producers are being hit by EU food safety rules has been rejected as false by Brussels, who said the regulations came..
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The decision of Italy's ruling League party not to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission risks isolating the country in..
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The EU Commission's first vice-president claimed ministers turned up to Brussels without a plan in 2017.
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German politician Ursula von der Leyen was elected by the European Parliament on Tuesday to become the first female president of the European Commission, but her..
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A clearly relieved Ursula von der Leyen was adamant after her election as European Commission president that, as the German expression has it, “a majority is a..
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The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its..
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Italy's coalition parties clashed on Wednesday over the election of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, in a vote..
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EU antitrust regulators will investigate Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, to see if its use of other merchants' data breaches EU antitrust rules, the..
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Berlin, July 17: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's heir apparent joined her cabinet Wednesday as defence minister, a high-profile job often called a poisoned..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen was elected by just nine votes as the European Union's top job on Tuesday after promising to address climate change and address..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president on a platform of a..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday to become the first female European Commission president after she won over..
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated her long-standing ally Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday on being confirmed as European Commission president, hailing..
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Liberal lawmakers at the European Parliament will support German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as the next European Commission president, the leader of the..
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The European Parliament on Tuesday confirmed Ursula von der Leyen, a German conservative, as the next president of the executive EU Commission by 383 votes to..
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EU Parliament narrowly approves Ursula von der Leyen as new head of European Commission.
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The European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen as EU Commission president in a secret ballot on Tuesday. She succeeds Jean-Claude Juncker to become the..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is poised to become the first female European Commission president after winning over skeptical liberal and socialist lawmakers on..
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Two-thirds of the European Parliament's Social Democratic members will vote in favor of Ursula von der Leyen's appointment to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday took a step closer to becoming the first female European Commission head after her vision of a greener, fairer and..
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday sketched out her vision of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe in a last-ditch effort to win the votes of European..
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a new defence minister would be found quickly after Ursula von der Leyen announced she would resign regardless of the..
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The European Commission's top civil servant Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion to that post last year angered EU lawmakers and earned a rebuke from the..
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The European Commission is a key EU body - what is it and who gets on to it?
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen sought on Tuesday to win over skeptical European socialist and liberal lawmakers to back her as European Commission president,..
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German minister Ursula von der Leyen promises MEPs ambitious measures against climate change.
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Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels?
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen faces a make-or-break vote on Tuesday in her quest to be the European Commission's first female leader, and a raft of promises..
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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European..
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(CNN)Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is on the verge of succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker to become the European Commission's first female president on Tuesday -- if..
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the efforts by the German Social Democrats (SPD) to torpedo the nomination of Defense Minister Ursula von der leyen to..
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China should avoid diplomatic moves that could be seen as dividing Europe, as it would not be in Beijing’s long-term interest, former European Commission..
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European Union lawmakers are likely to confirm Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as president of the bloc's executive Commission in a secret ballot next Tuesday,..
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Germany's Social Democrats have circulated a damning paper to their European political group in which they call Ursula von der Leyen an "inadequate and..
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The nominee to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president has said her administration will be made up of half women and half men, The..
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Opposition by Germany's Social Democrats, junior partners in the ruling coalition, to the nomination of conservative Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission..
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Just to get the important local news out of the way first. Asked for the first time about Brexit and the backstop, European Commission president-in-waiting..
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Airbnb has amended the way it presents pricing information to consumers after the European Commission took it to task for not being transparent enough on the..
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The leaders of the EU's political groupings on Thursday said the European Parliament would vote on Ursula von der Leyen's nomination to head the EU Commission on..
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The nominee for the next president of the European Commission vowed on Wednesday to defend the "backstop" provision in Britain's withdrawal agreement from the EU..
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Poland sees potential positive elements in remarks on the rule of law by the nominee to lead the European Commission, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on..
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The nominee for the European Union's next chief executive said on Wednesday she hoped Britain would not quit the bloc and also urged EU governments to keep open..
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Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition will not collapse over European Union leaders' choice of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to head the European..
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