European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, connected via video with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold a news conference after a virtual summit with China’s President in Brussels on September 14, 2020.
The October launch of the "EU-US Dialogue on China" shows that the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of coordination and cooperation when facing up to Xi Jinping.
Members of the European Parliament protest in support of Poland’s LGBTQ community.
In her first state of the union speech, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen took a confrontational stance over discrimination, singling out Poland in particular.
European Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak as they attend a news conference following a virtual summit with Chinese President in Brussels, on June 22, 2020.
Long lenient toward China, Europeans have recently taken a firmer approach. Beijing's conduct during the Covid-19 pandemic and its general intransigence have had a lot to do with this.
In trying to win over hostile MEPs, the new president of the Commission made some bold promises.
Ursula von der Leyen: still under investigation in Germany.
It's not just that the new top team only represents western states. Several of them seem rather unprepared to lead the union.