Ursula von der Leyen insisted the European Union had emerged stronger and more united from the coronavirus pandemic and the dire financial consequences of the forced continent-wide lockdown. Ms von der Leyen outlined her programme of reform for the next year, calling for further unity from member states and more commitment to the bloc. But Rassemblement National MEP Nicolas Bay was quick to shut down the European Commission President as he highlighted key flaws in her argument.
Mr Bay said: “Well, it seems there are deaf ears. People seem to be both present and absent, this expression is made for you Ms von der Leyen.
“The state of the European Union is terrible at the moment. Every single day, its powerlessness seems more and more flagrant.
“The EU, let’s be aware of it, it’s just a source of sarcasm on the world’s stage.
“Our citizens distrust the EU and are now exasperated by the EU. Legitimate exasperation given the lack of coordination at the time of the health crisis.”
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