In the period just before and after the referendum, I thought a lot about my time here in London. I say this not just because of my love for this country. But also because of what the United Kingdom has brought to Europe and the European Union. In a very understated British way, we do not always talk enough about this. -- Ursula von der Leyen, Old friends, new beginnings: building another future for the EU-UK partnership, London School of Economics, 8 January 2020.
Ursula von der Leyen
Posted by Isabelle le 2020-01-26
There is a famous Yiddish saying, that ‘Words should be weighed, not counted'. There are no speeches that we can give, no words of comfort or solace we can offer, that can ever take away the pain of what happened in Halle on Yom Kippur. -- Ursula von der Leyen, ‘After Halle: from words to action against anti-Semitism', 10 December 2019.
Ursula von der Leyen
Posted by Isabelle le 2020-01-04
(English below) Il y a exactement 40 ans, la première présidente du Parlement européen, Simone Veil, est élue et présente sa vision d’une Europe plus unie et plus juste. C’est grâce à elle, et à toutes les autres icônes européennes, que je vous présente aujourd’hui ma vision de l’Europe. Et 40 ans plus tard, c’est avec une grande fierté que je peux dire : C’est finalement une femme qui est la candidate à la présidence de la Commission européenne. Je le suis grâce à tous ceux et toutes celles qui ont brisé les barrières et les conventions. Je le suis grâce à tous ceux et toutes celles qui ont construit une Europe de paix, une Europe unie, une Europe des valeurs. C’est cette conviction européenne qui m'a guidée tout au long de ma vie et de ma carrière - en tant que mère, en tant que médecin et en tant que femme politique. C’est ce courage et cette audace des pionnières comme Simone Veil qui est au cœur de ma vision d’Europe. Et ce sera cet esprit qui guidera la Commission européenne que j'ai l'intention de présider. -- Ursula von der Leyen, Opening Statement in the European Parliament Plenary Session, delivered in French, German and English, 16 July 2019. *********** Exactly 40 years ago, Simone Veil was elected as the first female President of the European Parliament and set out her vision for a fairer and more united Europe. It is thanks to her, and to all the other European icons, that I am presenting my vision of Europe to you today. And 40 years later, I can say with great pride that we finally have a female candidate for European Commission President. I am that candidate thanks to all the men and women who have broken down barriers and defied convention. I am that candidate thanks to all the men and women who built a Europe of peace, a united Europe, a Europe of values. It is this belief in Europe that has guided me throughout my life and my career — as a mother, as a doctor and as a politician. It is the courage and daring of pioneers such as Simone Veil that are at the heart of my vision for Europe. And it is my intention to lead the European Commission in that same spirit. -- Ursula von der Leyen, Opening Statement in the European Parliament Plenary Session, delivered in French, German and English, 16 July 2019
Ursula von der Leyen
Posted by Isabelle le 2019-09-01