The president-elect of the European Commission has found herself at the centre of a ‘race row’ as she revealed her new team of commissioners.
Ursula von der Leyen unveiled her all-white team of 14 men and 13 women and called them “as diverse and strong as Europe is”, a sentiment which most native Europeans would applaud.
However, it included the controversial ex-Belgian deputy prime minister Didier Reynders as Justice Commissioner, who caused another ‘race row’ four years ago when he “blacked up” his face for the Noirauds festival in Brussels. Thankfully, he defended his taking part in the tradition, which dates back to 1876, as it raises funds for needy children in Belgium.
Mrs von der Leyen, who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker on November the 1st (the day after the current Brexit date) was also accused of an attack on immigrants after appointing the EU’s first commissioner for “protecting our way of life” (who also happens to be a native European, which sparked fury among certain UK MEP snowflakes, both white and non-white.
London Labour MEP Claude Moraes (who happens to be non-white) called the move “deeply insulting”, while Green MEP Molly Scott Cato (who happens to be white) said the European Commission had adopted the “divisive rhetoric of fascists”.