EU: Ursula von der Leyen delivers speech as MEP knits
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The European Commission’s Vice-President and the Home Affairs Commissioners were caught happily knitting away as their boss Ursula von der Leyen delivered her the Future of EU speech in Strasbourg. The scenes caused a storm on social media, with several European pundits commenting on their conduct via Twitter. RTVE video editor Laura Romero Sánchez said on Twitter: “The future of Europe is being woven today … and if not, ask Commissioners Vestager and Johansson.”
Cristina Camino Ari commented: “The poses. I know if the future or its settlement is woven.”
Journalist Christian Spillmann jokingly commented: Obviously “the knitters” of the Commission were not very captivated by the surges of @vonderleyen during his #soteu21.”
Bloomberg’s legal reporter Aoife White noted Commissioner Vestager is known to pull out her knitting kit in interviews as well.
Ms White said: “Has any journalist experienced @vestager knitting in an interview? Not me.
“This from @FranklinFoer ‘In interviews, she often knits while fielding questions with wry wit’.”
Euronews reporter joked: “Vestager knitting the ‘social fabric’ during #SOTEU.”
Ursula von der Leyen said during the speech: “ For those young people we want to offer a new program, ALMA.
“ALMA will offer young people the possibility to get some temporary work experience in another member state.”
She continued: “Because they too have the right to have an experience like Erasmus to gain skills and experience to create links and to forge a new European identity.
She added: “And this is why we will propose to make 2022 the year of European Youth design course.
“Let’s have a year devoted to putting the spotlight on these young people who have given up so much to others.”
Mrs von der Leyen also urged the EU to “step up to the next level”.
The EU would “stand by the Afghan people” and increase humanitarian aid for Afghanistan by €100m
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