German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference after she was elected as the new president of the EU Commission. Photo: DPA

New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen vows to uphold the rules-based order ‘the European way’

  • Victory ushers the hawkish ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel onto a path of potentially more challenging EU-China relations.
  • First-ever female head of the European Commission says ‘we want fair trade’
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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen at a press conference after she was elected as the new president of the EU Commission. Photo: DPA
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Keegan Elmer

Keegan Elmer

Keegan is a reporter at the Post covering China in world affairs, including US-China relations and China's relationship with its neighbours. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Helsinki.