Most Germans consider von der Leyen unfit to be European Commission president: poll

Fifty-six percent of Germans believe that Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen would not be a good president of the European Commission, according to a latest DeutschlandTrend survey.

Only one third of the respondents feel von der Leyen would be well suited for the role.

Von der Leyen was nominated as Commission president at the European Union summit in Brussels on Tuesday and now needs to be elected by the European Parliament on July 16.

In Germany, von der Leyen’s Defense Ministry has come under criticism for problems relating to the use of external consultants and unforeseen expenses.

According to the survey published by the public broadcaster ARD late on Thursday, 71 percent of Germans believe that the European Parliament should have the final say over the new Commission president. Only 21 percent think that Europe’s heads of state and government should have the last word.

In Germany, the domestic political mood remains relatively stable. If elections were held in Germany next Sunday, the Greens would become the strongest force in Parliament, winning 26 percent of the vote, the survey showed.

The German conservative CDU-CDU union would receive 25 percent of the vote, unchanged from last week’s DeutschlandTrend survey.

The Social Democrats (SPD) would improve by one percentage point to 13 percent of the vote, while the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) would get 13 percent (unchanged).

The ARD survey also reveals that Germans are increasingly concerned about right-wing extremism, with 67 percent of respondent said they are worried that right-wing extremists could change their state.

There are, however, major differences between supporters of Germany’s political parties. Only 17 percent of AfD supporters are concerned that right-wing extremists could alter Germany, compared to 75 percent of Green Party supporters.