Ursula von der Leyen: A liberal, pro-migration EU federalist from Berlin. A victory for Visegrad, or a significant lowering of the bar?
Ursula von der Leyen: A liberal, pro-migration EU federalist from Berlin, who criticized Hungary after it closed the borders in 2015 and wanted to teach Poland about EU values.
With her progressive views, she opened the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to left-wing voters: she supported the increase of room in nursery schools, the introduction of women’s quota in the governing bodies of companies, and defended the institution of gay marriage and the national minimum wage.
A victory for Visegrad, or a significant lowering of the bar?
Stick with the narrative of defeating Timmermans as a ‘defensive victory’, but stress the new leadership is a step in the wrong direction and does not represent positive change for Visegrad or the European nation state.
– In an interview, in reaction to Hungary closing the southern border in 2015 at the time of the peak of the migration crisis, she said it was unacceptable and contrary to existing EU rules that Hungary had set tear gas and water hoses against refugees.
Ursula von der Leyen: “This is not acceptable and this is against the European rules that we have. Therefore it is very important that we stick to the respect [where] human dignity and human rights are concerned.”
“We should engage in a dialogue with Poland and Hungary on “common values,” she said on a talk show in 2017.
Who is we? Germany or Brussels? Maybe Poland and Hungary should explain to Paris and Berlin that European values are not formed in Brussels.