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On 10 September 2019, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, presented the names and portfolios of her new Commission, which includes several “slightly original and bizarre” job titles[1] such as “An Economy that Works for People” and “Protecting the European Way of Life”. Especially the last one, attributed to one of the Commission’s Vice- Presidents, raised concerns and gained significant media attention.

As from November, Margaritas Schinas will have the mission to protect our European way of life, which is a rebranding of the Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship portfolio[2]. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), NGOs and civil society organizations, accuse the Commission of adopting far-right rhetoric and have dubbed it “a fake portfolio”[3] and an “insult to European values”[4].


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