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How Macron Got the German He Wanted to Run the European Union

  • Minister has approach to EU that could have been made in Paris
  • To be put to test on financial rules, independence of courts
Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Few people believed Emmanuel Macron when he insisted he wanted someone with the right qualities to lead the European Commission and not the right passport.

But the result of this week’s marathon horse-trading session suggests there was an element of truth in the French president’s assertion -- and showed he has more subtle ways to advance his interests than simply jamming his countrymen into key jobs.