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Ursula von der Leyen: ‘Europe pulled together when it mattered the most’

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen commends Ukraine for ‘moving the world and inspiring all of Europe’ in her speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Von der Leyen also promises there will be no let-up in Europe’s steadfast support for Ukraine.

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17.01.2023 14:06
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‘Europe pulled together when it mattered the most’ said Ursula von der Leyen in a special address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her opening words, the President of the European Commission praised the people of Ukraine for their ‘moral and physical courage’ amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

“In this last year, your country has moved the world and inspired all of Europe. And I can assure you that Europe will always stand with you” said von der Leyen.

The President also reiterated the European Commission’s announcement on Monday that it is delivering €3 billion in financial support which will be part of an €18 billion support package for Ukraine in 2023. This sum will help support hospitals and schools, and pay wages and pensions.

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  • Until Friday 20 January, international leaders and members of civil society will discuss the world’s main challenges under the theme “Cooperation in a Fragmented World”
  • Euronews has journalists Sasha Vakulina, Meabh Mc Mahon, Foteini Doulgkeri and David Walsh on the ground
  •  On Tuesday, the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, British actor, Idris Elba, and Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, will be among those present, along with more than 50 heads of state and government
11:45

“We are in it for as long as it takes”, Ursula von der leyen

“Europe’s reaction to the war is the latest example of how our Union has pulled together when it matters the most,” said the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen in a special address.

11:37

Olena Zelenska: “We can’t allow a new Chernobyl to happen again”

Welcome back to our coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska gave a special address in Davos on Tuesday morning as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nears the 11-month mark.

 

01.16.2023
18:47

More Live Blog coverage to come on Tuesday

That’s the end of Live Blog coverage from Davos for Monday, but we will be back here with more live news from the World Economic Forum on Tuesday.

01.16.2023
17:30

Executive Director of Oxfam in Davos

The anti-poverty pressure group Oxfam International made the early headlines today with a report suggesting that the richest one per cent of humanity is accumulating wealth at double the speed of the rest of humanity. Its executive director Gabriela Bucher has tweeted that she’s in Switzerland to speak up for the 99%.

 

01.16.2023
17:10

Five Key Talking Points

My colleague David Walsh has posted this article outlining the main themes up for discussion this year.

Ursula Von Der Leyen: 'Europe Pulled Together When It Mattered The Most'

Davos 2023: The 5 key issues dominating the WEF agenda this year

The theme of the 2023 World Economic Forum meeting is “Cooperation in a fragmented world” – and the problems needing global solutions are mounting up.

01.16.2023
16:20

Elon Musk says WEF gives him “the willies”

Elon Musk says he declined an invitation to #wef2023.  In a tweet published today, the now-only-second-richest man in the world wrote:

I guess there’s value to having a mixed government & commercial forum of some kind. WEF does kinda give me the willies though, but I’m sure everything is fine 

Financier George Soros is another notable absentee.

 

01.16.2023
16:15

Security is tight for this event, reports Euronews’ correspondent David Walsh.

 

01.16.2023
16:01

Zelenska to attend World Economic Forum in Davos

Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian prime minister Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has been confirmed as a guest at this year’s forum.

 

01.16.2023
14:42

Live Blog

Hello and welcome to Euronews’ live blog from the World Economic Forum in Davos. My name is Richard Good and I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the latest news from the opening day in Switzerland. 

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