Ursula von der Leyen

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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen ( listen ? / I ; born Albrecht ; born October 8, 1958 in Ixelles / Elsene , Belgium ) is a German politician ( CDU ). She has been President of the European Commission since December 1, 2019 . It was elected by the European Parliament on July 16, 2019 on a proposal from the European Council . Audio file / audio sample

Previously, von der Leyen from 2003 to 2005 Lower Saxony's Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family and Health , 2005-2009 Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth , 2009-2013 Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs and from 2013 to 2019 Federal Minister of Defense . From November 2010 to November 2019 she was also Deputy Federal Chairwoman of the CDU .


Von der Leyen with her father Ernst Albrecht (CDU poster, 2007)

Ursula von der Leyen comes from the family Albrecht and grew to 1971 in Brussels , then in the south-east of Hannover located Ilten on. She is the daughter of the former Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Ernst Albrecht (1930–2014) and his wife Heidi Adele born. Stromeyer (1927-2002). Ernst Albrecht worked for the EC until 1971 , most recently as Director General. During this time Ursula von der Leyen attended the European School in Uccle .

The conductor George Alexander Albrecht is her uncle.

Ursula von der Leyen has five brothers, including Hans-Holger Albrecht , head of the music streaming service Deezer , and Donatus Albrecht , former board member of the Munich-based subsidiary Aurelius . She was nicknamed Röschen by her older brothers because of the desire to have a little sister named Rosa . The nickname was retained even during active political times. When they lived in Brussels, their little sister Benita-Eva died of cancer at the age of eleven and she remembered "the enormous helplessness of my parents" in view of the cancer, which she cited as one of her motivations in 2019 that her EU Commission " to take the lead in the fight against cancer ”.

Von der Leyen has been married to the medicine professor and entrepreneur Heiko von der Leyen since 1986 . The couple have seven children (born between 1987 and 1999). The family has lived in Burgdorf-Beinhorn ( Hanover region ) since 2007 on the property of their father, who died in December 2014.

Her American great-grandmother Mary Ladson Robertson (1883-1960) from Charleston was a descendant of the politician James Ladson and the plantation owner James H. Ladson ; Von der Leyen lived briefly in 1978 under the pseudonym Rose Ladson.

She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church .

education and profession

After the Abitur at the Gymnasium Lehrte she studied from 1976 to 1977 Archeology . In 1977 she switched to economics at the Universities of Göttingen and Münster . In 1978 von der Leyen attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 1980, she took a medical degree at the Hannover Medical School in (MHH), which they in 1987 with the State Examination and its approval as a doctor completed. She then worked as an assistant doctor at the women's clinic at MHH. In 1991 she became Dr. med. PhD.

After the birth of twins in 1994, when she was already the mother of three children, she did not continue her specialist training. She lived with her family in California from 1992 to 1996 when her husband was employed at Stanford University . After returning to Germany, she worked from 1998 to 2002 as a research assistant with Friedrich Wilhelm Schwartz in the department for epidemiology , social medicine and health system research at the Medical University of Hanover, where she graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in 2001 .

Political career

Ursula von der Leyen (2019)

Political party

Ursula von der Leyen has been a member of the CDU since 1990. From 1996 to 1997 she was a member of the state committee for social policy of the CDU Lower Saxony, then also a member of the doctors working group of the CDU Lower Saxony . At the CDU federal party conference in Düsseldorf in December 2004, after the surprising defeat of Hermann-Josef Arentz , she was elected to the CDU Presidium in the first ballot , to which she has been a member since then. Since November 2010 she has acted as deputy federal chairwoman of the CDU. Since 2014, it has received the lowest number of votes of all Deputy Federal Chairs with 70.5% (2014), 72.4% (2016) and 57.47% (2018). After her election as EU Commission President, von der Leyen announced in July 2019 that she would rest her party office with immediate effect and not run again at the next CDU party conference.

Beginnings in local and state politics (2001 to 2005)

From 2001 to 2004 Ursula von der Leyen was a member of the city council of Sehnde and was also chairwoman of the CDU parliamentary group . In addition, she was a member of the regional assembly of the Hanover Region and chaired the Health and Hospitals Committee.

In 2003, Ursula von der Leyen won in the regional elections , the direct mandate in parliament constituency Taught for the parliament of Lower Saxony . On March 4, 2003, she took up her post as Minister for Social Affairs, Women, Family and Health in the Lower Saxony state government led by Prime Minister Christian Wulff . Because she joined the federal government, she gave up her state parliament mandate in December 2005. On January 1, 2005, Ursula von der Leyen pushed through despite massive protests that Lower Saxony was the first German federal state to abolish the state blindness allowance. In 2007 it was reintroduced by her successor Mechthild Ross-Luttmann (CDU), albeit greatly reduced.

Member of the Bundestag (2009 to 2019)

In the Bundestag elections in 2009 , 2013 and 2017 Ursula von der Leyen ran in the Bundestag constituency of the City of Hanover II , but was always defeated by her rivals from the SPD. Von der Leyen entered the German Bundestag via the Lower Saxony state list . After her election as EU Commission President, she resigned her mandate on July 31, 2019, and Ingrid Pahlmann replaced her in the Bundestag.

Minister in the Federal Government (2005 to 2019)

Family Minister (2005 to 2009)

On 17 August 2005, she was from Angela Merkel for parliamentary elections in 2005 in the team of experts of the CDU / CSU called for the areas of family and health. On November 22, 2005 Ursula von der Leyen was sworn in as Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth in the Federal Government , the Merkel I cabinet, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel .

Minister of Labor (2009 to 2013)

Ursula von der Leyen (2010)

After the 2009 Bundestag election , von der Leyen was sworn in again as Family Minister on October 28, 2009 in the Merkel II cabinet.

After the resignation of the Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs , Franz Josef Jung , on November 27, 2009 von der Leyen was appointed his successor on November 30, 2009.

Defense Minister (2013 to 2019)

On December 17, 2013, Ursula von der Leyen , in the grand coalition of CDU / CSU and SPD , was the first woman to take over the office of defense minister. On March 14, 2018, she was reappointed Federal Minister of Defense by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the renewed coalition of CDU, CSU and SPD in the Merkel IV cabinet .

After her election as EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen left office as Federal Defense Minister on July 17, 2019. At the same time, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) was appointed her successor. The day before, von der Leyen had already announced in a daily order to all members of the Bundeswehr that they would resign regardless of the outcome of their election as head of the Commission so that they could "put themselves at the service of Europe with full strength".

Election as President of the European Commission (2019)

Ursula von der Leyen in the European Parliament (2019)

After the European Council of Heads of State and Government not on one of the European elections in 2019 be beaten top candidate as the Commission may have had some, was nominated by the Leyen on 2 July 2019, the Panel unanimously for this office. Only the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who proposed von der Leyen, abstained because of the rejection by the coalition partner SPD.

In the election on July 16, 2019, von der Leyen received an absolute majority of 383 votes in the European Parliament , nine votes more than the necessary majority of 374 of the 747 MEPs. In addition to the EPP , the Liberals and the Social Democrats in the EU Parliament had mostly spoken out in favor of von der Leyens elections, while the German SPD MPs in the parliamentary group rejected it because von der Leyen was not a top candidate in the 2019 European elections. However, the nomination in Germany met with fierce criticism and rejection across all parties , not only the Social Democrats voted against von der Leyen, but also the Left , Greens , AfD , Free Voters , The Party , the Animal Welfare Party , ÖDP , Volt Europa and Piraten . At least clear criticism came from the CSU and FDP.

Your term of office should actually start on November 1, 2019. The start of the new EU Commission under Ursula von der Leyen, planned for November 1st, has been postponed. The top of the EU Parliament officially suspended the previous schedule on October 16, 2019. The background to this is the failure of three commissioners-designate in the nomination process.

Political positions

Family policy

Parental allowance

Under her leadership as Family Minister, the 14-month income-related parental allowance was introduced in Germany on January 1, 2007 as a wage replacement benefit and the 24-month social child- raising allowance with an upper income limit was abolished. Social associations and trade unions saw low wage earners and the unemployed as losers from the new regulation. Conservatives in the CDU / CSU criticized the measures as a state intervention in private life, the MP Ramsauer spoke of a "wrap volunteer".

Die Welt criticized the fact that the parental allowance was not having the desired success and that it was ultimately a tax burden on the middle class. It disadvantages large families and traditional marriages as well as socially disadvantaged families. The goal is not at all to promote the family, since the wishes of women and couples are not taken into account, but an equality policy that is based on the economically functional ideal of marriage of full-time double earners.

The type of political influence exerted on public opinion was also criticized. On behalf of the ministry, the Schlenker Public Relations agency produced media reports on the subject of parental allowance, which many media then took over editorially. The costs for this were paid from tax revenues.

Expansion of the crèche places

In February 2007, von der Leyen sparked controversial debates on the family model due to a number of family policy initiatives, such as the demand for a massive expansion of crèche places . In terms of content, three models were discussed or their mixed forms and their advantages and disadvantages:

  • Money for the expansion of crèche places and promotion of these,
  • Childcare vouchers or
  • Direct payments.

Ursula von der Leyen was especially strong for the first point, but wanted, in accordance with the coalition agreement , to try to find some form of childcare allowance - however, it must be ensured that the money is really invested in early childhood education and care and not " in the parents' new flat screens. This enabled a new discussion about care vouchers, but turned against an unconditional care allowance for housewives and men, as the CSU had demanded.

SPD , Die Linke and Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen supported von der Leyen's plans. The CDU Presidium under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel gave von der Leyen backing for the expansion of the day nursery offers; She also received support from the Federal President and politicians from opposition parties and business representatives.

Von der Leyen's demands received approval from several high-ranking Protestant and Catholic church representatives, for example from the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Sterzinsky , or from Bishop Margot Käßmann from the Evangelical Church in Germany .

However, von der Leyen was initially criticized by some party friends. The Thuringian CDU General Secretary Mike Mohring and the CSU regional group leader in the Bundestag, Peter Ramsauer , accused von der Leyen of moving the Union away from the traditional family model and alienating previous voters. According to Ursula von der Leyen, however, 65 percent of the population supported the expansion of the crèche.

Von der Leyen's plans to expand the crèche places were temporarily stopped on March 5, 2007 by the coalition committee of the CDU and SPD. An agreement was reached on the number of 230,000 childcare places by 2010, which was already provided for in the coalition agreement.

In 2007 von der Leyen received the Golden Hen Media Prize in the Politics category because she “set strong accents in family politics with her commitment to a modern image of women and mothers”: Overcoming resistance in your own ranks. She courageously countered the accusation that with her commitment to working mothers she would campaign for an image of women based on the socialist model. As a result, she gave the women in the new federal states a voice and made a contribution to the growing together of East and West in Germany, ”said the jury's reasoning.

Marriage for everyone

Von der Leyen was one of the 75 members of the Union who voted in the Bundestag at the end of June 2017 together with the SPD, the Greens and the Left for the so-called “ marriage for all ”.

Enforcement of the Youth Protection Act

Von der Leyen caused a dispute in October 2007 with her announcement that she would use underage test buyers to uncover violations of the Youth Protection Act .

Their efforts to consistently enforce compliance with the Youth Protection Act (here: sales bans for tobacco products , alcoholic beverages and violent computer games ) were often recognized . However, the use of underage test buyers was viewed morally and legally as an unsuitable means: According to the German Child Protection Association, the human dignity of children is violated because they are supposed to induce dealers to commit criminal acts. On the other hand, it is common practice in municipalities to use children as test buyers.

Contract to filter child pornography

Von der Leyen's advocacy of banning child pornography on the Internet sparked public protests

In 2009, von der Leyens in particular controversial attempts to block websites with child pornographic content were the subject of public discourse. On their initiative, the major Internet service providers committed themselves in secret public law contracts with the federal government to filter websites with child pornographic content on the basis of secret blacklists that are to be created by the Federal Criminal Police Office and updated daily. Only later were these contracts to be given legal legitimacy by the Access Restriction Act .

The von der Leyens initiative met with massive criticism from lawyers, the IT specialist press, a large number of IT trade associations, civil rights activists, victims of abuse, victim protection organizations and the opposition and became known as the “censorship debate”. Critics saw in the law an ineffective measure against child pornography, which would benefit perpetrators rather than harm, but at the same time could massively restrict fundamental rights. The infrastructure set up for the blocking can be used for further censorship measures without any problems , since it enables unpleasant content to be checked and "real-time monitoring" is implemented. An e-petition before the petitions committee of the German Bundestag against the introduction of a blocking infrastructure was signed by more than 130,000 citizens, more than any other e-petition before.

In the course of the public debate, von der Leyen was repeatedly accused of using “fantasy numbers and unclean interpretations” and “lies”. The allegations related, among other things, to the number of cases that were regularly mentioned but incorrect, to the allegation of the existence of a “child porn industry” and to the allegedly inadequate legal situation in other countries, which would make it impossible to delete child pornographic material.

In the discussion about the expansion of the Internet blocking, von der Leyen stated that her measures against sites with child pornography concern a clearly definable criminal offense. One must, however, “continue discussions about how we can maintain the right degree of freedom of expression, democracy and human dignity on the Internet. Otherwise the great internet threatens to become a lawless chaos space in which one can bully, insult and cheat unrestrainedly. "

In the election campaign for the 2009 Bundestag election , von der Leyen was accused by journalists and the Association of the German Internet Industry for using the law for profiling, deliberately ignoring possible problems in its implementation and abusing the law for election campaign purposes. At a press conference in which von der Leyen promoted her political project, the press representatives present were shown child pornographic material. As a result, complaints were filed several times, but the proceedings were discontinued.

In October 2009 von der Leyen presented the negative Big Brother Award in the Politics category.

In February 2010, the federal government distanced itself from the proposed law. Federal President Horst Köhler had refused to sign the law up to this point. On April 5, 2011, the federal government finally decided to repeal the Access Barrier Act.

Unemployment benefit II

On January 10, 2010, von der Leyen stated in an interview with Bild that, as part of the reform of the job center , she would work to ensure that the sanctions associated with ALG II are applied everywhere in the future. So far, this has worked “well in some municipalities, not in others”.

As a reaction to the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court , according to which the costs for education and participation of children from families of ALG II recipients are not adequately taken into account and the calculation of all benefits must be generally comprehensible, von der Leyen also spoke in August 2010 for one “Education card” for ALG II recipients and planned to introduce this in 2011.

Defense policy

Von der Leyen with Bundeswehr soldiers (2014)

Field operations of the Bundeswehr

After a long period of reflection, in July 2014 von der Leyen publicly advocated the procurement of armed drones for the Bundeswehr . The “drone question” had also been postponed by the former black and yellow federal government because of the affair surrounding the Euro Hawk reconnaissance drone .

Von der Leyen pledged military support to Mali in the fight against Islamists. Von der Leyen also spoke out in favor of Iraqi troops receiving German war material for their fight against the terrorist group Islamic State IS. The day after the German government ( Merkel III's cabinet ) refused to deliver war goods to the Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq, von der Leyen said on August 12, 2014 that the Ministry of Defense was intensively examining the Iraqi army and thus the Kurds as soon as possible possible to support with German military material. However, she initially ruled out the delivery of deadly weapons. As an example, she cited the delivery of armored vehicles from the armed forces, mine detectors, helmets, protective vests and medical supplies.

Von der Leyen with General Bekir Ercan Van (left), Incirlik Air Base , Turkey (2016)

At the end of June 2016, with the approval of the Turkish government, she visited the Bundeswehr soldiers stationed at Incirlik Air Base after members of the German Bundestag were refused to do so.

Procurement measures by the Bundeswehr

During her entire term of office, von der Leyen had to struggle with the problems of inadequate availability of military resources for which her predecessors were responsible.

During von der Leyen's years in office, the defense budget rose by around a third, from 32 billion initially to around 43 billion euros. Compared to Guttenberg (CSU) or de Maizière (CDU) terms in office, more than 12 billion euros more were invested in vehicles, weapons and ammunition. Together with the newly appointed Secretary of State for Arms, the former McKinsey Director Katrin Suder , von der Leyen began the largest procurement of armaments projects since the end of the Cold War. The President of the Taxpayers' Association spoke of an "army of expensive business consultants" who had been used for this purpose. On February 13, 2020, Ursula von der Leyen declared in the investigative committee of the German Bundestag that the consultation for digitization was necessary and stated that there had been errors in the award of the contract.

Because of the massive award of consultancy contracts in the Federal Ministry of Defense, which was criticized by the Federal Audit Office, without observing public procurement law , the committee of inquiry into the consultancy affair was set up on January 30, 2019 . A criminal complaint was filed on September 30, 2018 against von der Leyen by an “insider from the area around her house”.

At the beginning of May 2017 she received the negative Big Brother Award for the second time , together with the Bundeswehr in the authorities category . The main reason was “the massive digital upgrade of the Bundeswehr with the new ' Cyber ​​and Information Room Command ' (KdoCIR)”. In his laudation, Rolf Gössner ( International League for Human Rights ) explained the jury's criticism:

“With this digital upgrade - in addition to land, air, water and space - a fifth battlefield, the so-called 'battlefield of the future', is opened and cyberspace - one could also say: the Internet - is declared a potential war zone. With the ability of the Bundeswehr to engage in cyber warfare , the Federal Republic is participating in the global arms race in cyberspace - largely without parliamentary participation, without democratic control, and without a legal basis. "

- Rolf Gössner : Laudatory speech for the Bundeswehr at the BigBrotherAwards 2017
Von der Leyen with Mike Pompeo , Washington, DC (2018)

Inner leadership of the Bundeswehr

Ursula von der Leyen criticized in 2017 shortly after the start of the terrorist investigations against Bundeswehr soldiers from 2017 in view of inadequate control and supervisory mechanisms "incorrectly understood corps spirit " and said: "The Bundeswehr has an attitude problem, and it obviously has weak leadership at various levels." of Wehrmachts - devotional items also in the Fürstenberg barracks in Donaueschingen , the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr , Volker Wieker , ordered the corresponding examination of all Bundeswehr barracks in May 2017 . Pictures with Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord , who was part of the military resistance against Adolf Hitler , and ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt also disappeared from the walls because they were wearing Wehrmacht uniforms in the pictures.

In summer 2019, the FAZ drew the following conclusions from the effect of von der Leyens in the Ministry of Defense:

“Ursula von der Leyen was a controversial defense minister from the start. A woman, unserved, oh dear. In some rooms the bawling began immediately, of course behind closed doors. TV generals like the former Inspector General Harald Kujat , who shot at von der Leyen from a safe high position , soon became brutal. The reason: The minister dared to assume that run-down barracks, stale rooms and the barras tone of the early 1970s would hardly make the Bundeswehr more attractive in the competition for qualified young people, including women. "

- Peter Carstens : What remains of the first woman at the top of the Bundeswehr

Environment and climate protection

As President of the EU Commission, Von der Leyen stands for an environmental policy against climate change. With the European Green Deal , she wants to focus on climate protection and make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. Shortly after taking office as President of the European Commission in 2019, she presented climate targets, according to which greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union should be reduced by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and full CO 2 neutrality should be achieved by 2050 ; at the same time, she presented the idea of ​​a CO 2 border adjustment that corresponds to a climate tariff .

Plagiarism in the dissertation

In 2015, the VroniPlag Wiki project documented that parts of Leyens dissertation from 1990 were plagiarized . On 27 out of 62 pages there are text transfers that are not marked as such, which corresponds to a share of 43.5 percent of all pages. Three pages would contain 50 to 75 percent foreign takeovers and five pages would contain more than 75 percent plagiarism text. At the end of August 2015, von der Leyen asked the Hannover Medical School (MHH) through a "neutral ombudsman" to review their dissertation, which then initiated a formal investigation after a preliminary examination.

The Senate decided on March 9, 2016 that von der Leyen could keep her degree because it was a less serious case. The university investigation commission found that 20% of the work was flawed and that it contained plagiarism, but that “serious errors” could only be proven in three places. Christopher Baum , the president of the university, stated: “No deficiencies were found in the central results section of the dissertation. […] The results of the dissertation were scientifically new, valid and of practical relevance. ”In particular, there was“ no misconduct based on the intention of deception ”. The decision was criticized in numerous leading media. According to Spiegel Online, unnamed critics questioned the impartiality of the commission, as von der Leyen knew the chairman of the commission from the university's alumni association. The Tagesspiegel quoted Gerhard Dannemann, law professor at Humboldt University, according to which it is contrary to current law to deny a systematic approach on 62 pages for 32 identified plagiarisms and to split off a “scientific core” of the work from the plagiarism. According to Spiegel Online, he criticized the fact that von der Leyen's medical work was particularly dangerous because it contained 23 misreferences for which the sources cited did not even substantiate the content cited. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung criticized the fact that the commission did not have to disclose its sources. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung commented that the low standard of the dissertations had led to "the European Research Council receiving the German" Dr. med. " not recognized as a full doctorate. " According to Stern, the medical professor Ursula Gresser criticized the quality of the dissertation in individual points and worked out appropriate recommendations for her doctoral students based on the "negative example".

Von der Leyen herself stated about the results of the investigation that parts of her work did not meet the demands that she made of herself.

Consultant affair in the Bundeswehr

Since 2019, an investigative committee has been investigating possible illegal contracts to external advisors to the Bundeswehr by von der Leyen. According to reports from the Süddeutsche Zeitung, cell phone data relevant to the investigation were deleted, files blacked out inadmissibly and files destroyed. Text messages were removed from both cell phones used by the minister at the time. For example, an IT clerk at the ministerial office carried out a "security deletion" on one of the two mobile phones, after which it was finally disposed of. Green security expert Tobias Lindner filed a criminal complaint against this data deletion in December 2019.


According to a report on the n-tv internet portal , Ursula von der Leyen took a Syrian refugee into her home in autumn 2014. She helped him find an apprenticeship and supported him in integrating into everyday life in Germany. According to this report, the Syrian is now passing on the aid he has received to other refugees.

Together with her parents and siblings, she recorded a single record with two folk songs for charity in 1978 , one of which was Wohlauf in God's beautiful world .

Ursula von der Leyen is a passionate rider and opened the European Equestrian Championships in Aachen in 2015 .


Ursula von der Leyen is a member of the non-partisan European Union Germany , which advocates a federal Europe and the European unification process.



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Web links

Commons : Ursula von der Leyen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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