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Ursula von der Leyen under the shadow of corruption

Ursula von der Leyen, leader of the European Commission, in a European parliamentary session.

Jesus Carames

June 17, 2024 | 5:20 pm

A controversial history

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has been the subject of numerous accusations of corruption throughout his political career. Since he took office in 2019, his administration has been plagued by controversies and scandals that have affected both his reputation and that of the institution he leads. According to recent information, his administration has spent billions of euros in aid to Ukraine without proper supervision, which has raised suspicions and criticism.

Before arriving at the European Commission, Von der Leyen had already faced serious corruption problems during her time as defense minister de Germany. During her tenure, she was criticized for the awarding of million-dollar contracts to consulting companies without public bidding, and for a scandal in which data was deleted from her mobile phones that were under investigation.

Recent controversies

One of the most recent and controversial episodes of his administration has been the management of the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19. Ursula von der Leyen is closely linked to the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, with whom he exchanged text messages to agree on a purchase of 1,8 billion vaccine doses worth 35 billion euros. This agreement, made without adequate transparency, has been criticized for its high cost and lack of transparency in the process.

In addition, her husband, Heiko von der Leyen, became a director of a pharmaceutical company that works closely with Pfizer, which has raised suspicions of conflict of interest and corruption.

Criticism and consequences

Criticism of Ursula von der Leyen not only comes from the media and the political opposition, but also from important figures within the European Union. Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, has called the last five years of the EU the most disastrous and has called for the dismissal of current leaders, including Von der Leyen.

El European Parliament has urged the president of the Commission to appear to explain the suspicious circumstances of the vaccine purchase, but so far there have been no concrete results. Instead of addressing concerns, Von der Leyen has continued to sign new deals with Pfizer, further compounding criticism of his management.

In conclusion, Ursula von der Leyen is at the center of multiple scandals corruption that have marked his political career. From her time as Defense Minister in Germany to her current position at the European Commission, her management has been questioned for lack of transparency and potential conflicts of interest. As new elections loom and pressure mounts, the Commission President will need to confront these challenges and respond to demands for greater accountability.

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