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There was some speculation that it might be seen as too sensitive an appointment, given that trade negotiations with the United Kingdom are likely to dominate the Commission's five-year term, and that during his time as agriculture commissioner Mr Hogan was been the most outspoken critic of some of the claims of British eurosceptics.

But it might not be plain sailing as all nominees are subject to objections from national governments and they must be approved by the European Parliament.

The Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner role is "key at a crucial moment for the European economy", Gentiloni said thanking von der Leyen for giving him the job.

Even if that is the case - which is not entirely certain given fierce British parliamentary opposition to the no-deal Brexit that Johnson says he is willing to impose - negotiations to work out Britain's relationship with the European Union will drag on for years.

"He has also been a very important voice on Brexit, ensuring that his colleagues in the Commission have a keen understanding of the potential negative impact that the UK's exit will have on Ireland and the other Member States".

Ms. Jourová will also be a deputy president of the European Commission.

Each country nominates a commissioner each year, with numerous roles having limited powers and importance.

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"He is highly respected throughout all European Union institutions".

Her "college" of commissioners will take office on November 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament - not a given after it only narrowly backed the German in July.

Von der Leyen, previously Germany's defence minister, will be able to call on experienced hands on her team.

She managed to achieve the gender balance she was striving for.

Hogan, now in charge of agriculture, will face a battle to resolve trade tensions with US President Donald Trump's administration and will be in charge of establishing future economic relations with Britain after Brexit. "We sought a major economic brief in the new European Commission, and I am very satisfied that we have secured it".

Catarina Barley said: "There are no new proposals on the table, and more aggressive language doesn't change the facts and doesn't change the situation".