EU chief under fire over ‘protecting the European way of life’ portfolio

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EU chief under fire over ‘protecting way of life’ portfolio

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has found herself under fire for nominating Mr Margaritis Schinas as commissioner responsible for “Protecting our European Way of Life”.

“This sends a worrying message,” said Amnesty International

Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld “fake portfolio”. The implication that Europeans need to be protected from external cultures is grotesque and this narrative should be rejected,”

“It’s a far-right slogan!” the European Trade Union “And why … is migration in this portfolio? We need protection for our democracy, against climate change etc – not against migrants!”

Katalin Cseh, a Hungarian Liberal MP
“I have been hearing these arguments for protecting so-called ‘Hungarian values’ for years and years, It makes me a bit sick to see this at a European level.”

Ska Keller, president of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament said it is “scary”

Karima Delli, a French Green MEP “insult to European values”

Molly Scott Cato MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar; Green Party ”

Von der Leyen defined controlling migration as defending the European way of life@GreensEFA MEPs believe that migrants have contributed hugely to vibrant European way of life we enjoy today

This appropriation of the rhetoric of the far right must end

h/t Ostria1


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