Ursula von der Leyen is seeking re-appointment at the head of the European Commission and is trying in every way. But it is also preparing for a plan B in case of failure: the leadership of NATO.
“In fact, it becomes a real wild card of Washington for Jens Stoltenberg's legacy. An operation that took place a few weeks ago and which could undermine all the schemes that European political families were preparing with a view to next year's elections", the reconstruction of the Republic on the German political exponent.
Jens Stoltenberg's mandate ended and was extended in time due to the war in Ukraine and the lack of agreement on a replacement. And Joe Biden is pushing for a woman to lead the Atlantic alliance, and von der Leyen has the right profile for the role, having also served as Germany's defense minister. But there is an obstacle on Ursula's way to work at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. Her current mandate in the EU expires in 2024, and another extension of the deal with Stoltenberg, who has come under intense pressure from the White House, will be needed.
"For the Americans, it would be an ideal solution. Because potential alternative candidates are not entirely convincing. In short, Von der Leyen becomes a card that needs to be played specifically. And it would upset the scenarios that countries and parties have built in recent months with a view to next year's elections. In addition, the current president of the Commission directly stated that he would like to perform an encore. And the EPP itself, his party, which wants to nominate the current president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metzola, a representative of Malta, is against the dream of a "devil" in the EU Commission.