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Von der Leyen’s Qatargate inquiry targets links to Avramopoulos

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen launched an urgent inquiry into her 26 commissioners’ links to former EU migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos, who has been caught up in spiraling corruption allegations about Qatari influence in Brussels. Commissioners have half a day to respond to von der Leyen, until 10:30 …

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EU leaders, von der Leyen flock to Athens for the EUMED 9 Summit

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and eight EU leaders are flocking to Athens on Friday for the EUMED 9 Summit to be held at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Culture Centre (SNFCC). The presence of the EU VIPs will disrupt traffic and public transport for security reasons. The agenda …

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EU will ‘never, ever’ accept a two-state deal on Cyprus, says von der Leyen

The European Union will “never, ever” accept a two state deal on ethnically-split Cyprus, the head of its executive said on Thursday. Ursula von der Leyen, who was visiting Cyprus, said the European Union spoke with one voice on the conflict, which has dragged on for decades and is a …

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Three Presidents, two chairs: Diplomatic SofaGate in Turkey

A diplomatic faux pas that left EU chief Ursula von der Leyen without a chair as male counterparts took their seats at a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy in Brussels. On media and social media the unprecedented incident has been named SofaGate. Video from Tuesday’s …

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Von der Leyen welcomes Mitsotakis’ proposal for vaccination certificate

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised Greece’s efforts for the roll out of its vaccination campaign against Covid-19, and especially welcomed the Greek prime minister’s proposal for a vaccination certificate, in an interview with the Greek newspaper “Ta Nea” released on Saturday. “The percentage of vaccinated citizens [in …

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Von der Leyen admits: EU late to approve Covid-19 vaccines

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged on Wednesday that the European Union was not where it wanted to be in the fight against the coronavirus. “We were late with the approval. We were too optimistic on mass production. And perhaps we were also too certain that the orders …

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Greece to receive €728 million disbursement from EU’s SURE program

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday the disbursement of 728 million euros to Greece in the framework of the EU’s SURE financial support program. Von der Leyen made the announcement in Greek on Twitter where she also announced the SURE share for other EU member states …

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Von der Leyen hails Elias Giovanidis as example of solidarity and kindness

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen hailed Elias Giovanidis as an example of solidarity throughout the pandemic. The 24-year-old Greek Roma has been a volunteer at a food bank in Thessaloniki,  providing meals for families struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis. Recognizing the immense weight of the …

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Von der Leyen: Turkey must refrain from unilateral actions” in the East Med

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the withdrawal of Turkish survey vessels from the eastern Mediterranean was “a positive step.” She underlined, however, that “Turkey must refrain from unilateral actions.” Speaking at the European Parliament on the “State of the Union” on Wednesday,von der Leyen expressed the …

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Commission president calls on Erdogan to “move migrants & refugees away from Greek border”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of talks with President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that Turkey must move refugees and migrants away from the Greek border. “It was the Turkish president who said the EU borders were open. They were not open, they are not open, they …

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