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2nd Mar 2024

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Why Ursula von der Leyen won't go

Ursula von der Leyen appears secure in her job as president of the European Commission.

That's despite a troubled vaccine rollout in which delayed deliveries can cost lives and livelihoods.

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But preserving the status quo in Brussels also comes at a cost. Mehreen Khan of the Financial Times unpacks why the European institutions are not much interested in asking what's gone wrong — let alone in taking the scalp of von der Leyen. Hans Kundnani of Chatham House warns that unaddressed vaccine mishaps in Brussels — and simmering tensions over how to disburse pandemic relief funds — are storing up new troubles for the European project.

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EU Scream is the progressive politics podcast from Brussels. Produced by James Kanter with graphics by Helena Malikova and music by Lara Natale.

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