State of the EU speech: economy before ecology, Ursula von der Leyen enters the campaign

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The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented, on Wednesday September 13, her speech on the state of the European Union, the last of her mandate. She defended her record and outlined the EU’s priorities before the European elections in June 2024. She gave pledges to the right with very pro-business tones by emphasizing growth, competitiveness, industry, businesses and farmers.

If the President of the European Commission continues to support the Green Deal, the flagship ecological transition project of her mandate, certain developments are looming. Ursula von der Leyen must indeed send signals to the EPP and the dozen heads of state who are calling for an environmental regulatory break, if she wishes to be re-elected in 2024. And with the war in Ukraine but also the rise in power of the China, it will have made its executive a geopolitical Commission, present on all fronts.

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