EU State of the Union descends into chaos as von der Leyen sparks verbal spat with MEP
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The 2020 State of the Union meeting in the European Union’s Parliament in Brussels was suddenly interrupted as a German MEP cut off Ursula von der Leyen as she replied to questions about her speech. Ms von der Leyen could be seen stopping mid-sentence to turn and face MEP Jörg Meuthen sitting nearby who appeared to have let out a loud comment to her speech. The European Commission President paused a second hearing Mr Meuthen angrily comment in her native German before addressing him directly.
Ms von der Leyen was commenting on the different position the European Union had chosen to adopt when tackling issues like mass migration, insisting the bloc had opted to address the issue legally and seeking to maintain the peace between everyone.
She said: “This makes you angry, this makes him angry because we got him on the point.
“When he sees we are on a different position when that is concerned. And that is democracy. That is democracy.
“He cannot bear with the contradiction that you are preaching hate and we want solutions and we want a constructive approach to migration.”
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She continued: “Therefore this is the right moment for a fresh start on migration. Just a few numbers.
“Every year, about two million people do come to Europe, two million and 140,000 refugees so we should be able to manage that.
“Two million people are coming to Europe because Europe is a wonderful continent that offers a lot of opportunities and this is normality.
“And on top of 143,000 refugees last year, we should be able, we have to be able, to manage that.
“Therefore we will put forward legislation next week and there will be time to discuss it.”
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