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While restating the priority of the Transatlantic alliance, Ursula von der Leyen outlined what EU new course of foreign policy would be.

I believe Europe should have a stronger and more united voice in the world and it needs to act fast. That’s why we should have the courage to take foreign policy decisions by qualified majority and to stand united behind them. The cornerstone of our collective defence will always be NATO. We will stay transatlantic, and we have to become more European, that’s why we created the European defence community. Our work for a European Community of security and defence is a comprehensive security. Stabilisation always comes with diplomacy reconciliation and reconstruction”

"The European Union needs human borders, we must save, but saving alone is not enough: we must reduce irregular migration, we must fight murderers, traffickers and organised crime, we must preserve the right to asylum and improve the situation of refugees, for example through humanitarian corridors in close cooperation with UNHCR. We need empathy and decisive action. I am aware of how difficult and divisive discussions on this issues are. We need to address the legitimate concerns of many and look at how we can overcome our differences. I will propose a new pact on migration and asylum including the relaunch of the Dublin reform, this will allow us the return to a fully functioning Schengen area of free movement, the key driver of our prosperity, security and freedoms"

"First: I want the EU citizens to have their say at the conference on the future of Europe to start in 2020 and to run for two years. Second: I want us to work together to improve the spitzenkandidat system; we need to make it more visible to a wider electorate and we need to address the issue of transnational lists at EU election as a complementary tool of European democracy. Third:Yes I support a right of initiative for the European Parliament. When this house acting by majority of its members adopts a resolution requesting the Commission to submit legislative proposals, I commit to responding with a legislative act for respect of the proportionality, subsidiarity and better lawmaking principles. I am convinced that our stronger partnership will further help to make our people voices heard".

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