A day before the European Parliament votes on Ursula von der Leyen's candidacy for the European Commission presidency, the German defence minister is preparing a keynote speech to be delivered on Tuesday.

Von der Leyen is hoping to secure the 374 votes she needs to replace current European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, whose mandate is due to end on 31 October. She is expecting to lay out in her speech a series of policy pledges to secure votes both from both the left and the righ...

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