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In her speech before the European Parliament's vote on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, the candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyne, addressed a number of thorny issues in an attempt to convince the Strasbourg parliament to vote for her.

One of the most prominent of these is the emphasis on Europe's unity, and the BRICEST file, which has not ruled out a new postponement of Britain's exit from the EU, if there are good reasons. The German defense minister also announced her intention to impose fair taxes on large Internet companies, noting that "it is not acceptable for these companies to make profits without paying taxes … If they want profits, they also have to bear costs."

The attempt to apply digital taxes in the European Union has failed over the past months because of the opposition of Ireland and Scandinavia. At the level of the 20 major industrialized and emerging countries and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), preparations are under way for more comprehensive global tax reforms.

Von der Lien has pledged to make a fresh attempt to resolve the decades-old dispute over EU immigration policy. The Christian Democrats said the EU should reduce irregular migration and address human traffickers, but while preserving asylum and improving refugee status, it could be achieved by providing so-called "humanitarian corridors" for people In order to secure a safe route to Europe.

She also spoke of the demand for gender equality in UNHCR's leadership positions, which are still dominated by men.

Signs of socialists and liberals

In her speech, von der Lien tried to send reassuring signals to socialists and liberals, the two groups that would determine the appointment of von der Lien. Von der Line also made promises on climate protection and parliamentary rights, including a new proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Although the messages of von der Lien have been met with the utmost welcome, there is a lack of confidence in their commitment to these promises in practice, according to statements by Socialist deputies in the European Parliament of the German agency (DPA).

It is noteworthy that the German political need to obtain the presidency of the Commission support the absolute majority of the European Parliament, which currently has 747 members. Which is uncertain until the moment, so far only supported by the Conservative bloc (EPP), which has 182 seats in parliament. While the parliamentary bloc (108 seats) or the Social Democrats (153 seats) did not have a specific position on the vote, while the Greens and Left parties declared their intention to vote.

The conservative right-wing AKR in parliament also rejected Von der Lien's support, which the latter blocked in its promotional speech by saying: "It is happy" that the populists did not support it.

WB / HZ (AFP, AFP)

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