Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss European Commission, President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen


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R. Daniel Kelemen, a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor of political science and expert in E.U. politics, is available for commentary on Ursula von der Leyen, the president-elect of the European Commission, and the controversy around her proposed team of commissioners for the E.U.’s executive body.

“Von der Leyen’s proposed lineup has already generated controversy, and the European Parliament is likely to demand changes before their Oct. 23 final vote. Critics accused her of pandering to the far right by assigning migration issues to a vice president for ‘Protecting our European Way of Life,’” Kelemen said. “Just as notably, she gave the portfolio in charge of promoting the rule of law in E.U. candidate countries and neighbors to a commissioner who has been deeply involved in rule of law controversies in his native Hungary.”

Daniel Kelemen can be reached at dkelemen@polisci.rutgers.edu.

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