Von der Leyen’s praise of Juncker draws mixed response on social media

Thank you, for what you have done for the great European idea.

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The new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, heaped praise on her predecessor, Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg, after the official changing of guards ceremony on Dec. 3.

“Dear @JunckerEU, this gallery is for the great Europeans & you’re one of them. You’re one of the founders of the euro, you’re one of the founders of the Lisbon Treaty. Personne n’a pris soin de l’Europe autant que toi. Danke für das, was du für die große Idee Europas getan hast,” she wrote in an English-French-German tweet.

The translation of the French and German lines read, “Nobody took care of Europe as you did. Thank you, for what you have done for the great European idea.”

Even among European politicians whose Twitter feeds are seldom widely followed (Donald Trump has 66 million to Emmanuel Macron’s four million), von der Leyen’s 171,000 followers are relatively little to speak of.

Responses to the praise delivered a mixed bag of praise and derision.

Some users even accused Juncker of being a dictator.

Others placed the blame of Europe’s growing inequality partly on Juncker’s shoulders.

Others took issue with politicians in general.

The amount of money von der Leyen is set to earn as president was also a topic, with one user pointing to the enormous sum the commission president earns in comparison to other politicians.

The topic of gender also came up, with some users welcoming the fact that the new EU president is female.

Von der Leyen officially assumed office as president of the European Commission on Dec. 1.

 

Title image: Ursula von der Leyen and Jean-Claude Juncker at Juncker’s farewell ceremony (source: Ursula von der Leyen’s Twitter page)


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