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POLITICO politico.eu 11 Jan, 2022 21:00 am

European Parliament mourns president with personal touch – POLITICO

European Parliament mourns president with personal touch – POLITICO
MEPs recall friendly leader with strong commitment to social justice.

” Sassoli was a staunch champion of the EU and was broadly seen as supportive of the agenda of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen — a mix of center-right, center-left and liberal policies.But he also showed a willingness to speak out against von der Leyen when his home country was bearing the brunt of the pandemic and she spoke dismissively of proposals to create “corona bonds” to help fund economic recovery.Sassoli and other leading Italian politicians publicly took issue with von der Leyen, forcing her into a weekend backtrack.Despite that disagreement, officials said Sassoli and von der Leyen developed a close and trusting working relationship.

In a video statement on Tuesday, a visibly upset von der Leyen described him as a “dear friend.Officials said Sassoli had the ability to keep his cool even when under attack.

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