Ursula von der Leyen celebrates birthday / From Merkel's cabinet at the helm of European politics
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen celebrated her 62nd birthday yesterday. On this special day for her, there were flowers and surprise cakes from the staff working for her, whom Ursula thanked with a post on social media. The well-known German politician is a leading figure in official Brussels, as well as the first woman to be elected to this important role.
Ursula Albrecht was born on October 1, 1958 in a neighborhood of Brussels, where she spent her childhood. Her father is Ernst Albrecht was one of the first civil servants for the creation of the European Commission, first as Chief of Cabinet then as general manager for the parliamentary body of continental competition.
In 1971 the family moved to the Hanover region, Germany, after the father became the CEO of an important factory.
She married in 1986 the German physician and physicist Heiko von der Leyen. After a teaching career, in 2003 she was elected to the State Land Parliament, becoming the region's minister. In this role she works closely with Angela Merkel, who entrusts her with the task of making important social welfare reforms.
In 2005, Merkel elected him Minister of Family and Youth, a post that Ursula held for four years. From 2009 to 2013 she became Minister of Labor and Social Affairs where she lobbied vigorously for the rights and integration of immigrants. From 2013 to 2019, her career within the Merkel government would continue and Ursula would be appointed Minister of Defense.
From Merkel's cabinet to head of European politics, her professional journey has met with some success. As a doctor with a master’s in public health, Ursula seems to have all the qualifications to lead Europe from the Covid-19 emergency and towards a season where economic and social reforms are a must.