Saturday, September 25

The president of the European Commission boasts of management during the pandemic: “The soul of Europe has lived up to it”

Vaccines; Recovery; a green and technological future. And more defense. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has drawn this Wednesday in the debate on the state of the Union before the European Parliament her idea of ​​the European Union. And, in that particular vision of the former Defense Minister Angela Merkel bets on new European military capabilities after the fiasco in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have returned to power in record time after two decades of occupation by NATO and the United States.

“Europe has to go a step further, we are going to convene a conference on European defense next year,” said Von der Leyen: “Until now, the lack of political will has prevented us from moving forward.”

In a political world often governed by narratives and short dribbles, the president of the European Commission has pulled the latest crisis, that of Afghanistan, to speak of defense and pressure with her migratory pact – rejected by the south for changing distributions of migrants by sponsored returns. And, of course, to compare the conjunctural rate of vaccination and European macroeconomic data with other blocs, such as the United States or China.

“Looking back, I see a strong soul in what we do,” said Ursula von der Leyen, quoting Robert Schuman, who spoke of the need for a European soul “an ideal and a political will to serve that ideal” . In this sense, the President of the Commission has stated: “In the greatest global crisis we have chosen to move forward together. With the crisis, we have chosen to move forward together with European funds, and in the planetary crisis, with the European Green Deal. But not The times of the coronavirus are over. There is still a lot of pain. This year and next will be another test, but when we put ourselves to the test, our soul shines and Europe will pass the test. ”

And, with the thread of the soul evoked by one of those considered founders of the pillars of the current European Union. Schuman, the French Foreign Minister, issued a statement on May 9, 1950, which enlightened the European Coal and Steel Community. “Europe will not be made all at once or in a joint effort: it will be made thanks to concrete achievements, which first of all create a de facto solidarity,” Schuman said that day.

Two years ago Von der Leyen assumed the position of president of the European Commission with a feminist memory speech: “Exactly 40 years ago Simone Veil [impulsora de la ley de despenalización del aborto en Francia en 1975] she became the first female president of the European Parliament. Thanks to her and other iconic figures I introduce myself. “But this time he preferred to articulate his speech with one of the so-called fathers of europe with a tone of complacency: “This is the soul of Europe; this is the future of Europe; let’s make it stronger together.”

Against sexist violence

Von der Leyen, yes, has proposed a European law of sexist violence: “Defending our values ​​is also defending freedom. Freedom to be who you are, freedom to say what you think, freedom to love whoever you want. But freedom also it means freedom from fear. And during the pandemic, too many women were deprived of that freedom. That is why, at the end of the year, we will propose a law to combat violence against women, from prevention to protection and effective prosecution. It is about defending the dignity of each individual. It is about justice. Because this is the soul of Europe. And we must make it even stronger. ”

The president of the European Commission has also made a meander to pressure Poland and Hungary for their authoritarian drift. Of course, without specifically mentioning the countries and what they are doing with women, universities, NGOs, human rights defenders, journalists and, also, LGTBIQ groups. And, yes, reminding their governments that when they entered the EU they promised to comply with a series of values ​​that are systematically skipping, practicing insubordination, in addition, with respect to the sentences of the European Justice.

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