URSULA VON DER LEYEN is facing calls to resign as her European Commission leadership in Brussels comes under intense pressure.
Ursula von der Leyen faced calls to immediately resign this week as MEPs turned on Brussels’ chaotic leadership. Dozens of MEPs also called on Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, to resign after being “humiliated” during a diplomatic trip to Moscow. One Estonian MEP Jaak Madison told the European Parliament that “there is no other solution than that the President of the Commission has to resign”.
Mr Madison accused the EU of “enjoying the coronavirus crisis” as he suggested that Brussels was exploiting it as a power-grab opportunity.
He said: "In order to solve the economic crisis, the European Commission’s ingenious solution is to take on huge joint debt, the real reason for which is the desire to move towards taxes across the EU.
"The question is whether the EU is enjoying the ongoing crisis as it is an excuse to offer a solution to the member states which is the granting of even great powers to the EU.
“Given this incompetence and confusion, the EU is an over-regulated organism imbued with bureaucracy. It is absolutely unable to deal with crisis.”
Ursula von der Leyen faced calls to resign this week as MEPs turned on Brussels’ chaotic leadership (Image: GETTY)
One Estontian MEP Jaak Madison told the European Parliament that von der Leyen has to resign (Image: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT)
He also lashed out at the EU’s struggling vaccine rollout programme, pointing out that the UK is vaccinating at a rate five times higher than the EU average.
Other MEPs this week also accused EU diplomat Mr Borrell of having been outplayed by Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
More than 70 MEPs have signed a letter demanding his immediate resignation.
Mr Madison remarked: "To top it all off, the European Commission is also unable to cope with foreign policy as evidenced by Borrel making a fool of himself and allowing the Russian foreign minister to mock him.
Ursula von der Leyen faced calls to resign this week (Image: GETTY)
“We will have a common foreign policy but our foreign policy will be dictated by Germany and France.”
Dacian Cioloș, a Romanian MEP and leader of the centrist Renew group, said the Moscow visit had “sadly had a negative impact on the credibility of the EU in the diplomatic sector”.
Dutch Socialist MEP Kati Piri said Moscow had “abused” the visit “to humiliate and offend the EU”.