Last updated on November 16th, 2019
Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in her speech at Paris Peace Forum said as the UK goes to poll and settle the Brexit conundrum, it is time to form an even stronger Europe. “I see the need for stronger institutions and more effective multilateral action,” she said in her statement.
Elaborating on her idea, she confirmed that the present case is opposite and that the continent as a whole is lagging behind. Furthermore, demanding the European Union (EU) that they must increase the bloc’s foreign policy budget by a staggering 30 percent, before she assumes the role.
Understanding how Europe functions at present, it is known that the divide within the continent is contrasting. Also, the rise of movements such as Generation Identity Crisis, has demeaned the norms of democracy, while threatening to push against immigrants in the region.
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the two-day Paris Peace Forum, which saw heads of the state and government figures from around 30 countries.
In a speech to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ursula von der Leyen said, Europe had “asked a lot of North Macedonia and Albania, and they’ve fulfilled it all. “Now we must be true to our word and start accession talks,” she added.
Besides, taking a dig at Emmanuel Macron – who has opened the doors to Russia in Western Balkans, post stopping EU Membership talks for Albania and North Macedonia – she asked Macron to start the accession talks again.
The Paris Peace Forum talked on the issues ranging from multilaterals to cyber security and peace efforts for the Middle East. The addressing also came as tensions continue to soar between Europe and Turkey, over the latter’s offensive on the Syrian border.
However, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has asked Brussels that it should once again consider its attitude towards Syria, which not only holds imprisoned ISIS members in Turkey and Syria, but has also avowed that it could help in the resurgence of the extremist terrorist organization.
Nonetheless, Europe still remains a big stage for the world to look at, especially as the prominence of nationalists spread, while bids for peace suffer a meaty blow.