Ursula von der Leyen

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (born 8 October 1958) is a German politician and the President of the European Commission since 1 December 2019.wikipedia
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President of the European Commission

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (born 8 October 1958) is a German politician and the President of the European Commission since 1 December 2019.
In July 2019, the European Council nominated Ursula von der Leyen to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, and she was elected the 13th president of the European Commission by the European Parliament on 16 July.

European Commission

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (born 8 October 1958) is a German politician and the President of the European Commission since 1 December 2019.
One of the 28 is the Commission President (currently Ursula von der Leyen) proposed by the European Council and elected by the European Parliament.

Ernst Albrecht (politician)

Ernst AlbrechtErnst (Carl Julius) Albrecht
She was born and raised in Brussels, where her father Ernst Albrecht was one of the first European civil servants.
He was the father of the politician Ursula von der Leyen, the President-elect of the European Commission.

Heiko von der Leyen

Heiko Echter von der Leyen
In 1986 she married fellow physician Heiko von der Leyen of the noble von der Leyen family of silk merchants.
Heiko Echter von der Leyen (born 2 June 1955) is a German physician, professor of medicine and the husband of politician Ursula von der Leyen.

European People's Party

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She is a member of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its EU counterpart, the European People's Party (EPP).
As of December 2019, the EPP will hold the Presidency of the European Commission with Ursula von der Leyen (CDU).

European School, Brussels I

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She attended the European School, Brussels I.
Its alumni include the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson.

James Ladson

Among her ancestors were Carolina governors John Yeamans, James Moore, Robert Gibbes, Thomas Smith and Joseph Blake, Pennsylvania deputy governor Samuel Carpenter, and the American revolutionary and lieutenant governor of South Carolina James Ladson.
The President-designate of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is descended both from his son James H. Ladson and from his daughter Elizabeth Ladson, and by adoption additionally from his daughter Sarah Reeve Ladson; von der Leyen lived under the name Rose Ladson in London in the late 1970s.

Angela Merkel

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She served in the federal government of Germany from 2005 to 2019 as the longest-serving member of Angela Merkel's cabinet.
Kramp-Karrenbauer's elevation to Defence Minister after Ursula von der Leyen's departure to become president of the European Commission has also boosted her standing as Merkel's most likely candidate for succession.

James H. Ladson

The Ladson family were large plantation owners and her ancestor James H. Ladson owned over 200 slaves by the time slavery in the United States was abolished; her relatives and ancestors were among the wealthiest in British North America in the 18th century, and she descends from one of the largest British slave traders of the era, Joseph Wragg.
Among Ladson's descendants is Ursula von der Leyen, who briefly lived under the alias Rose Ladson.

VroniPlag Wiki

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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.
Since September 2015, Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen's thesis is under formal investigation by her university after the wiki alleged plagiarism on more than 40% of its pages.

Lehrte

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In 1971, she relocated to Lehrte in the Hanover region after her father had become CEO of the food company Bahlsen and involved in state politics in Lower Saxony.

Ladson family

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The Ladson family were large plantation owners and her ancestor James H. Ladson owned over 200 slaves by the time slavery in the United States was abolished; her relatives and ancestors were among the wealthiest in British North America in the 18th century, and she descends from one of the largest British slave traders of the era, Joseph Wragg. As an economics student at the London School of Economics in the late 1970s, she lived under the name Rose Ladson, the family name of her American great-grandmother from Charleston, South Carolina. Von der Leyen's father's grandparents were the cotton merchant Carl Albrecht (1875–1952) and Mary Ladson Robertson (1883–1960), an American who belonged to an elite planter family of the southern aristocracy from Charleston, South Carolina.
Through her American great-grandmother Mary Ladson Robertson, Ursula von der Leyen is a descendant of two of the children of lieutenant governor James Ladson, including James H. Ladson, and lived briefly under the name Rose Ladson.

2010 German presidential election

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Von der Leyen was initially considered the front-runner to be nominated by the ruling CDU/CSU parties for election as President of Germany in the 2010 presidential election, but Christian Wulff was eventually chosen as the parties' candidate.
Prior to this, Federal Minister of Labour Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) had been considered the front-runner for the nomination of the government parties.

Ixelles

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Von der Leyen was born in 1958 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium, where she lived until she was 13 years old.

Munich Security Conference

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At the Munich Security Conference in 2015, von der Leyen publicly defended the German refusal to supply Ukraine with weapons.
Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and French Defence Minister Florence Parly spoke at the opening and reaffirmed their commitment to stronger military cooperation.

Armin Laschet

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In 2012, she re-elected (with 69% of the votes) as one of Merkel’s deputies as CDU chairwoman, this time serving alongside Bouffier, Julia Klöckner, Armin Laschet and Thomas Strobl.
On 4 December 2012 he was elected as one of five deputy chairpersons of the national CDU party, serving alongside Volker Bouffier, Julia Klöckner, Thomas Strobl and Ursula von der Leyen.

Federal Ministry of Defence (Germany)

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In 2005, she joined the federal cabinet, first as Minister of Family Affairs and Youth from 2005 to 2009, then as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from 2009 to 2013, and finally as Minister of Defence from 2013 to 2019, the first woman to serve as German defence minister.

Von der Leyen (family from Krefeld)

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In 1986 she married fellow physician Heiko von der Leyen of the noble von der Leyen family of silk merchants.
Heiko von der Leyen, husband of politician Ursula von der Leyen (former German Federal Minister for Defence and President-elect of the European Commission), belongs to an ennobled (but not the baronial Bloemersheim) branch of the family.

Helmut Schmidt

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In 1980 he ran for the CDU nomination for the German chancellorship, backed by CDU chairman Helmut Kohl, but narrowly missed the candidacy to fellow conservative Franz-Josef Strauß (who then lost the general election to the sitting chancellor Helmut Schmidt); in the 1990 state elections Ernst Albrecht lost his office to Gerhard Schröder, who later became German Chancellor.
In 2017, after Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen issued an order to remove Wehrmacht memorabilia from barracks and other institutions of the Bundeswehr, a photo of the young Lieutenant Helmut Schmidt in Wehrmacht uniform was removed from the military’s Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.

George Alexander Albrecht (businessman)

George Alexander Albrecht
Her great-great-grandfather George Alexander Albrecht moved to Bremen in the 19th century, where he became a wealthy cotton merchant, part of the Hanseatic elite and the Austro-Hungarian Consul from 1895.
They were the parents of the cotton merchant Carl Albrecht, and among their descendants are the psychologist Carl Albrecht, the conductor George Alexander Albrecht, the politicians Ernst Albrecht and Ursula von der Leyen (née Albrecht), and the conductor Marc Albrecht.

Albrecht family

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The Albrecht family was among the hübsche ("courtly" or "genteel") families of the Electorate and Kingdom of Hanover—a state that was in a personal union with the United Kingdom—and her ancestors had been doctors, jurists and civil servants since the 17th century.
The conductor George Alexander Albrecht was the father of the chief conductor of the Dutch National Opera Marc Albrecht while Ernst Albrecht was the father of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (née Albrecht) and of the businessman Hans-Holger Albrecht.

Walter Hallstein

She will be the first woman to hold the office and the first German since the Commission's first president, Walter Hallstein.
He held the office from 1958 to 1967 and was the only German to be selected as president of the European Commission or its predecessors until the selection of Ursula von der Leyen in 2019.

Carl Albrecht (businessman)

Carl Albrecht
Von der Leyen's father's grandparents were the cotton merchant Carl Albrecht (1875–1952) and Mary Ladson Robertson (1883–1960), an American who belonged to an elite planter family of the southern aristocracy from Charleston, South Carolina.
Among their great-grandchildren are the politician Ursula von der Leyen (née Albrecht) and the conductor Marc Albrecht.

Carl Albrecht (psychologist)

Carl Albrecht
Carl and Mary were the parents of Ursula von der Leyen's grandfather, the psychologist Carl Albrecht, who was known for developing a new method of meditation and for his research on mystical consciousness.
He was the father of the conductor George Alexander Albrecht and of the politician Ernst Albrecht, and the paternal grandfather of the designated President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (née Albrecht) and the conductor Marc Albrecht.

Ludwig Knoop

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He married Louise Knoop, a daughter of Baron Ludwig Knoop, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 19th century Russian Empire.
His descendants include Ernst Albrecht, Hans-Holger Albrecht and Ursula von der Leyen.