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2019 JOINT STATEMENTU.S-Korea Business Council and Korea-U.S. Business Council October 11, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
Yesterday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned. His move pre-empted a no confidence vote in the Government that was called by the far-right, anti-immigration League Party, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini.
As widely anticipated, former London mayor and UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson was elected the new leader of the Conservative Party and took office as Prime Minister yesterday. Johnson won with a clear mandate, securing 66% of the vote from Tory Party members.
What happened?Today, the European Parliament narrowly approved German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the European Commission’s first female president. The vote was 383-327, meaning von der Leyen barely exceeded the threshold of 374 votes needed to win. Her narrow victory will hamper her ability to command a broad majority in favor of her policy agenda.
After several days of fractious debate, European heads of state today agreed on the new slate of EU political leaders. It was no small feat, as the decisions had to take into account disparate political ideologies, geography, country size, and gender balance.Who’s WhoCommission President-designate: Ursula von der Leyen (EPP – Germany)