One of the most important politicians in Europe visited Zagreb today. The newly elected European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, arrived in the Croatian capital and met with Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic.
"My goal is to balance the European Union. The east, west, north and south. To bring balance to the small and large members and the younger and older members," commented Von der Leyen at a press conference. And this statement is certainly in line with her comments before winning the job as the next European Commission President. It is also presumably why she chose to visit Croatia so early into new position as Croatia is the newest member of the EU family, joining in 2013. She will also find a strong ally in the Croatian Prime Minister, who is a steadfast supporter of the European Union and is leading Croatia to much closer ties with the EU.
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"We all know that problems can only be addressed if we are united, successful and strong. The world is calling for a strong European voice, and this can only be achieved if we are together," said Von der Leyen in a possible reference to the UK leaving at the end of October as Brexit becomes a reality.
Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to hold the post of President, will officially take up her new role at the end of October and replace Jean-Claude Juncker, who assumed office in November 2014.
Von der Leyen arrived in Zagreb after visiting Berlin, Paris and Warsaw, pointing out that it was very important for her to arrive in Zagreb after these three cities and that "Croatia is the youngest EU member state, but extraordinary".
"The fact that you will hold the presidency early next year shows that Croatia is an exceptional success story for the European Union and that it can be a role model to other countries," added the next President.