Lucinda Creighton: Softening of Von der Leyen’s green rhetoric plays to her electoral base

In her state of the union speech, the European Commission president focused on policies that are likely to get her re-elected

Ursula Von der Leyen, European commission president: emphasised her commitment to stop burdening industry with new green rules

The annual State of the European Union speech delivered by Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has become an important fixture in the European policy and legislative calendar.

While it still may not have achieved the prominent status of the American president’s annual address, its relevance is growing each year, as it sets the tone for senior EU officials and politicians alike as they frame policies and legislation which ultimately has an enormous impact on ...