In a Europe on the verge of embolism, the gloomy birthday of Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel

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DECRYPTION – Their second year as head of the Commission and the European Council, respectively, promises to be even more difficult. Hence the need for this tandem to work better together.

Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at a press conference on November 19, 2020. POOL/REUTERS

There are key dates that we prefer not to celebrate too loudly. This Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the taking of office of Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel respectively at the head of the Commission and the European Council. There will be no drum or trumpet. “VDL”, which the European media reproach its too great distance vis-à-vis them, was to hold a press conference, announced long ago. But it will not take place. Officially, the agenda of the President of the Commission is too busy to allow her to go to the press room. As for the former Belgian Prime Minister, he will publish, as planned, a collection of his speeches which he considers the most significant.

No way to do tons of it as the EU reconnects with its old demons at an extremely critical time, both economically, politically and internationally. “Are we heading for embolism?», Asks a European diplomat, taking care not to answer

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