Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote in Strasbourg, the EU may be left in the lurch as it will be caught in the mid-summer season without a solid path forward if Ursula von der Leyen, the nominee for the European Commission presidency, fails to secure a majority in the European Parliament.

According to the treaties, if the newly-elected MEPs reject the European Council’s chosen nominee, the EU's leaders have 30 days to table a new candidate. In this case, an emergency EU Summit would be most likel...

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