In Brief: Who will be the next EU Commission president?

Current German Defense Minister and CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated as the next EU Commission president, a move which has angered leading politicians in the SPD, FDP, and the Greens. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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There’s controversy brewing in Brussels and Berlin over who will be the next EU Commission president.

Current German Defense Minister and CDU politician Ursula von der Leyen has been nominated to the position. This breaks from tradition because von der Leyen was not on the ballot as the “Spitzenkandidatin” (“lead candidate”) in the EU elections in May.

This has angered politicians in other German parties, including the Greens, FDP, and Social Democratic Party. SPD Spitzenkandidatin Katarina Barley told ZDF the move is gambling with voters’ trust.

In other EU news, a new EU Parliament president was successfully elected Wednesday: Italian social democrat David Sassoli. He had been up against three other candidates, including the German Green politician Ska Keller.


The Administrative Court in Berlin has ruled most Spätis must continue staying closed on Sundays, rejecting the complaint of a shop owner from Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

On Sundays and public holidays only shops that are mainly aimed at tourists or sell groceries for immediate consumption are allowed to be open here in Berlin.

The court said that the shop owner sold Berlin souvenirs like postcards, but also products like 500-gram packages of coffee, milk, toast bread, sugar, and alcoholic beverages.

The shop owner can still appeal.

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