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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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[1] https://www.politico.eu/article/commission-job-titles-bizarre-eu-parliament-president-sassoli-von-der-leyen/

[2] https://www.dw.com/en/eu-post-to-protect-european-way-of-life-called-disgusting-reprehensible/a-50378215

[3] https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/claude-moraes-%E2%80%98protecting-our-european-way-life%E2%80%99-%E2%80%98anachronistic-and-insulting-title%E2%80%99

[4] https://www.politico.eu/article/outrage-over-protecting-our-european-way-of-life-job-title/

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