Van der Leyen: US Proconsul of the EU

“Europe’s American president: How von der Leyen followed Biden on sanctions

Oct 9, 2022

The EU sanctions against Russia were planned long before the Ukraine war – and the coordination with the USA was closer than previously known. EU Commission president von der Leyen and her cabinet chief Seibert played a central role.

This is shown in a report by “Politico”, aptly titled “Europe’s American president: The paradox of Ursula von der Leyen”. It goes into detail about the transatlantic vote before the war.

In November 2021, von der Leyen made her first visit to the White House. Among those in the meeting in the Oval Office that afternoon were Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, then Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics Daleep Singh, and Amanda Sloat, senior director for Europe at the National Security Council. Politico

According to the website, everything began in November 2021, four months before the start of the war, in the White House in Washington – and not in the EU Commission in Brussels. Besides Sullivan and Singh, von der Leyen’s head of cabinet Björn Seibert was also to play a key role.

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Europe’s American president: The paradox of Ursula von der Leyen

By Suzanne Lynch and Ilya Gridneff
Oct 6, 2022

Ursula von der Leyen’s whirlwind tour of the United States started in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, where she rubbed shoulders with the world’s most senior leaders, from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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From there, the president of the European Commission was whisked across the Hudson River and into New Jersey, to Princeton University. In a wood-paneled hall in one of America’s most storied Ivy League schools, she delivered a keynote address billed as “Europe’s Moment” that was in reality more of an ode to EU-U.S. relations.

“I have been in politics now round about 20 years,” she told the students, as the camera — whether by accident or design — silhouetted her against a giant American flag. “Never ever have I experienced such an intense, trustful and detailed cooperation with the White House.”

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