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EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Athens on Sept 29

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will be in Athens on Thursday, the Commission’s Chief Spokesperson, Eric Mamer, announced on Monday.

He said that Ursula von der Leyen will deliver a speech at the Athens Democracy Forum.

The ADF turns 10 this year and is marking this milestone with a rich roster of distinguished speakers, presenting their views on the theme: “A Decade of Democracy: Now What?”

Next to von der Leyen, speakers are Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the United Nations’ former secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif, and Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, among many others.

Organized by the Democracy and Culture Foundation with the support of The New York Times, the September 28-30 event will include both in-person and virtual appearances and can be watched online, live from the Greek capital’s Zappeio Hall, Stoa of Attalos and Athens Academy.

Agenda highlights include discussions on how technological advances in areas like AI can be used in strengthening a democratic culture and on climate change as a gender issue. For details, visit

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  1. LOL … the non-democratic chosen Ursula will speech at a Democracy Forum 🙂
    Mr Schwab will be proud again

    • Just a thought: is it because she is a woman you dont like her??? Takes to much place and have sound ideas AND are democratively chosen in the EU-parlament!!!

      • maybe the ‘because she is a woman you dont like her’ is some kind of cheap attempt to deflect away from the serious problem here? a person in an unelected position of enormous power, who just a few days ago was ominously threatening that she ‘had the right tools’ to somehow ‘deal with’ an election in italy going somehow in some direction she didnt like? she’s supposed to talk to anyone about democracy? she’s the perfect example of the opposite of democracy!

  2. Not a “cheep attempt”, only a question based on the sad fact that too many men just cant tolerate a woman in leading position! The sexism florish nowadays… So sad! Wounder when men will acknowledge womans capabilities and see it as an asset not a threat?!

    • Dear Mika, I really like women. I think women should be paid the same as men, if they do the same job. I think women should have the same rights as men in whatever they do or want to do. I was a manager for many years and I can confirm to you that I hired as much men as women during that time. As long as there is a balance I am perfectly happy. If it was Ursula or Fritz, Mohammed or Rashida, I would have made the same comment. Thanks anyway for your cheap thought. For the rest, totally agree with a.citizen’s remark on how democratic this beautiful lady is.

  3. Hmm. Only 10 years of Democracy-capital-D? ie since 2012? interesting!