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Europe targets climate transformation under historic German boss

Ursula von der Leyen clinched her position as the European Union's most important policy maker Tuesday with a vision of how to save the Earth from a climate emergency without killing the economy.

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Ursula von der Leyen clinched her position as the European Union's most important policy maker Tuesday with a vision of how to save the Earth from a climate emergency without killing the economy.

Von der Leyen fixed climate protection as her no. 1 priority as she set out her plans to lawmakers in the EU Parliament ahead of a confirmation vote and signaled she is prepared to get tough with trading partners like the US and China if they do not match up to Europe's ambition.

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