Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU as the world’s “trading superpower” will lead the fight against the “existential threat” from the climate crisis, and offered a waspish farewell to the Brexit party, as MEPs backed her new European commission to start work on 1 December. The European parliament, sitting in Strasbourg, approved the new college of commissioners, headed by the EU executive’s first female president, by 461 votes to 157 with 89 abstentions on Wednesday, giving her a larger majority than her predecessor, Jean-Claude Juncker. Von der Leyen said the level of support she had secured, while less than that for José Manuel Barroso in 2004 and 2010, was a vote of confidence in what she described as an “agenda for change”. The Green party, which has been unconvinced by the radicalism of Von der Leyen’s approach, abstained in the vote and anti-EU parties including Italy’s far-right League and France’s National Rally rejected the proposed commission.
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