Not unexpected to me.
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op E.U. Official Is Becoming an Unexpected Wartime Leader – The New York Times (nytimes.com)
Top E.U. Official Is Becoming an Unexpected Wartime Leader
In her annual address, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, pushed for the bloc to remain firm in the face of Russian aggression.
Published Sept. 14, 2022Updated Sept. 15, 2022, 5:30 a.m. ET
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BRUSSELS — When Ursula von der Leyen, a former German defense minister and medical doctor, assumed her role as president of the European Commission in mid-2019, few people outside of Germany knew who she was.
The first woman to ascend to the position and the first person in recent decades to occupy the office without having previously served as a head of government, she was unusual in the patriarchal, conservative power structure of the European Union. Yet on Wednesday, three years after her appointment, she seemed in comfortable command of it all as she delivered her third State of the Union address to the European Parliament.
She laid out a plan for deep market interventions to help Europe weather a massive energy crisis unleashed by Russia turning off the natural gas taps to punish the European Union for supporting Ukraine. And she doubled down on her decisiveness to stay the course against Russia, no matter the cost.
“I want to make it very clear — the sanctions are here to stay,” she vowed. “This is the time for us to show resolve, not appeasement.”
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As Ukrainians have put up a dogged fight for their country, the Russian invasion has upended life in the world’s wealthiest, most comfortably peaceful group of nations: the European Union.
It has also recast the head of the European Commission, a vast bureaucracy manned by experts who draw up policy in many crucial areas of life affecting E.U. citizens, sometimes over and above their national governments, into an unexpected wartime leader.
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“She is seizing the moment,” said Ian Lesser, who heads the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund, a prominent research institute. “It’s something of a departure from previous presidents of the commission. It feels presidential.”
Without a country to rule or voters to woo or answer to, it’s hard to tell who her constituency is. And yet, Ms. von der Leyen has used her office as head of a 32,000-strong civil service and a budget of hundreds of billions of euros to rally the bloc around standing up to Russia, ushering in the most extensive sanctions ever adopted and complementing U.S. efforts to support Ukraine.
On Wednesday, she stood, in a yellow-and-blue outfit to match the colors of the Ukrainian flag in a visual statement of support, and with the stars of the European Union standard perfectly arranged like a halo behind her, and spoke for an hour about courage, victory, and sacrifice. It was a carefully designed appearance replete with symbolism.
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“This is not only a war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine,” she said. “This is a war on our energy, a war on our economy, a war on our values and a war on our future.”
“This is about autocracy against democracy. And I stand here with the conviction that with courage and solidarity, Putin will fail and Europe will prevail,” she added, referring to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
She stopped for applause as a television camera panned and settled, in a tight frame, on a composed but emotional Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady who had traveled from her country’s capital, Kyiv, to Strasbourg, France as Ms. von der Leyen’s guest of honor.
Vand der Leyen
Posted on February 25, 2022 by Royal Rosamond Press
I sent her an email over a year ago. Two days ago I was watching CNN when Von der Leyen walked on stage. My computer shut down because the battery ran low.
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My ancestors are a Gold Rush family who came to California in 1849 from Hamburg, and the island of Heligoland. They brought six portable homes around the Cape and erected them in Belmont California that is near Stanford University where Commissioner von der Leyen attended college. I have found evidence of prejudice against Germans in Belmont. The graves of Cark Janke and his wife were dug up in the middle the night, and moved to another city. Janke Street was changed. The study of my family in Belmont has been oppressed. I am kin to Ian Fleming and am authoring a Bond novel, starring Victoria Rosemond Bond. I find Erdogan's treatment of women, appalling. Sincerely John Presco President: Royal Rosamond Press
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The German Rose of California
Posted on September 24, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press
Ursuala von der Leyen lived in California from 1992 to 1996. She born five children in the Golden State, including twins, Victoria and Johanna. She went to Standford which is about six miles from Belmont where my German ancestors lived. These five children are Citizens of the United States of America. This fulfills the prophecies I have made in this blog that have got me titled “insane” by my own daughter.
The von der Leyen family is said to have held the name de Petra, meaning “The Rock”, but this is a princely branch named after the castle that is a citidal atop a rock, that looks like Skellig Michael. Rosie’s ancestors owned three castles. They were silk and cotton manufacturers like the Rosamond family.
Rosie and her husband – are the European Union that came to dwell in the land I was born, and the State my kindred Jessie and John Fremont, wrested away for the Habsburgs. I will be composing a paper to Rosie informing her of our rich German heritage in the Bay Area.
When I found the Stuttmeister tomb in Colma near Standford, I put a coin with the image of an angel insides William’s resting place with the image of an angel upon it.
“The Iron Cross is its official emblem. It is a symbol that has a long association with the military of Germany. The Schwarzes Kreuz is derived from the black cross insignia of the medieval Teutonic knights; since 1813 the symbol has been used to denote a military decoration for all ranks.”
The Stuttmeisters fled to Chile with other Prussian Forty-Eighters. We taught the Chilean Army how to march. I hereby found the California branch of the Teutonic Knights in order to fight the Dark Force.
n 1977 she became a student of economics at the University of Göttingen, soon moving to Münster and then the London School of Economics. While studying in London in 1978, she used the pseudonym “Rose Ladson”, because she was seen as a potential target for West German left-wing terrorism. “Röschen” (“Rosie”) has been her nickname since childhood. In 1980, she switched to studying medicine and subsequently enrolled at the Hanover Medical School, where she graduated in 1987 after seven years.
Honoring Germans Who Fought For Freedom
Posted on May 31, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press
I was going to send an e-mail to a woman at the San Mateo Historical Society, but then found this article on the monument Germany is considering of an American Veteran, Carl Schurz. I was going to point out the remains of my Janke grandparents being dug up and moved to the Union Cemetery in the middle of the night. If I had received anything that resembled a civil greeting from any member of Belmont Historical Society, I might have visited the Union Cemetery this very day – that Nikki Haley called our VP “unprofessional and unfit” . I suspect I was snubbed by the BHS because I posted some Oakland History of Kamala Harris. Politics makes up a huge chunk of our history. I just posted on my Patriot Rosamond Family who owned slaves in South Carolina where Haley got votes. I wrote Ursula von der Leyen about this matter – which is a huge world concern – and can not be constricted by teeny tiny prejudiced members of the BHS.I am done with the Lilliputians!
I believe that is a image of William Janke taken in Twin Pines Park. His daughter, Augustus Janke, married William Stuttmeister. He moved our family to Cypress Lawn after our graves were dug up and evicted from the Odd Fellows cemetery. That is the Stuttmeister monument in Berlin with a replica of a famous statue of Jesus.
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I just sent this message to Ursula van der Leyen the head of the European Commission:
“My ancestors are a Gold Rush family who came to California in 1849 from Hamburg, and the island of Heligoland. They brought six portable homes around the Cape and erected them in Belmont California that is near Stanford University where Commissioner von der Leyen attended college. I have found evidence of prejudice against Germans in Belmont. The graves of Cark Janke and his wife were dug up in the middle the night, and moved to another city. Janke Street was changed. The study of my family in Belmont has been oppressed. I am kin to Ian Fleming and am authoring a Bond novel, starring Victoria Rosemond Bond. I find Erdogan’s treatment of women, appalling. Sincerely John Presco President: Royal Rosamond Press”
Spirit of ‘Forty-Eighters’: Germany eyes a special relationship with US | Germany | The Guardian
The bas-reliefs are wild, mashups of Indian chiefs, Roman centurions, African natives, and robed citizens, apparently alluding to Schurz’s writings and concerns on world peoples. The Piccirilli Studios in the Bronx, the same firm that produced the US Capitol dome, executed the reliefs.
The Who’s famous photograph for “The Kids are Alright” album and documentary was taken at the Carl Schurz Monument on 116th Street and Morningside Drive. Above is an outtake from the 1979 shoot. Morningside Heights’ beauty has attracted many photographers, filmmakers, and television producers over the years. Most recently, it is the setting for Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Positive Anymore: Carl Schurz is Alright
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Nikki Haley Calls Kamala Harris ‘Unprofessional and Unfit’ (businessinsider.com)
Harris tweeted on Sunday morning, hours before Haley’s criticism, about the meaning of the national holiday.
“Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country,” Harris said. “As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice.”
Haley, a Republican, is widely thought to be a likely 2024 presidential candidate. She has said that if Trump were to run she would support him, despite criticizing him after the Capitol riot. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she told Politico in February. “And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
“But in terms of geopolitics, if the UK continues to go down its existential path and move away from Europe, the US president will be more likely to pick up the phone to call to the German chancellor than the British prime minister,” Chollet told the Guardian. “On Russia, it’s already happening.”
Efforts to rediscover America and Germany’s joint history, with a particular emphasis on the role of German emigres in US nation-building, are already happening, too.
In Berlin, there are plans for a memorial to Schurz and the other “Forty-Eighters” – German revolutionaries who fought against slavery during the US civil war. Erardo Cristoforo Rautenberg, the chief public prosecutor of Brandenburg state who is driving the initiative, has suggested placing a statue on the site the reconstructed Berlin city palace, as a counterpoint to the neoprussian revival.
Germany’s foreign minister last week announced his support for the memorial “In many people’s memory, it was the Americans, supported by the British and the French, who brought democracy to Germany in 1945,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Der Spiegel.
“But many had experienced parliamentary democracy before 1933, fought for by the actors of 1848. That is why a memorial to the so-called Forty-Eighters are a great opportunity to evoke the memory of mutual influences during the foundation of stable democracies on both sides of the ocean.”
Biden Calls for Defense of Democracy on Memorial Day (msn.com)
Spirit of ‘Forty-Eighters’: Germany eyes a special relationship with US | Germany | The Guardian
Posted on October 7, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press
Does Britain fear Germany will head a Euro Army? Beware…………..The Rose in Winter.
German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen has warned the UK against getting involved in EU security matters.
“The plea to the British is only not to block important European developments, when they say they want Brexit,” von der Leyen told the Financial Times.
“It is not good to prevent Europe from organising itself better.”
Read more: Britain to veto establishment of an EU army
The comments from von der Leyen came weeks after Britain’s defence secretary Michael Fallon said the UK would block the formation of an EU army.
Standing together, Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian were at pains to stress there were no plans for army of European soldiers wearing the same uniforms.
“On the contrary,” von der Leyen said. “It is about bundling the various strengths of European countries to be ready to act together quickly.”
The cost of insurance against swings in sterling also jumped more than 20 percent this morning after the pound fell to a 31-year low against the dollar. It is now 2016’s worst-performing major currency.
Government bonds also declined on Thursday as the weaker exchange rate boosted inflation expectations. Even stocks, which were previously lifted by sterling’s slide, were infected as the FTSE 100 Index fell for a second day.
Even before what traders are now calling a “flash crash,” the decline in sterling suggests investors are now anxious that Prime Minister Theresa May is prioritizing the control of immigration over safeguarding trade and banking. French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both said on Thursday that leaving the European Union carried costs.
“There has to be a price to pay or else the negotiations won’t go well,” said Hollande.
Brexit was the talk of the town as bankers and policy makers gathered in Washington for the International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings. Some in Washington spoke of Brexit as the new version of the Greek crisis they’ve spent years battling.
The market rot highlighted to Rupert Harrison, a former U.K. Treasury official, the naiveté and optimism surrounding Britain’s decision.
“You are heading for quite a hard Brexit combined with a very detailed bilateral negotiation,” said Harrison, now chief macro strategist at BlackRock.
Stephanie Flanders of JPMorgan Asset Management, said her long-term economic assessments were now based on the likelihood of a “harder-case scenario.”
Ursula von der Leyden – Rose Ladson
Posted on September 23, 2016 by Royal Rosamond Press
Here is “Rose Ladson”. Here is my Heir! Ursula fits most of the visions I have been having. My Prussian Teutonic Knights stand behind her. She is the woman in my painting whom I gave the name ‘Rose of the World’.
“While studying in London in 1978, she used the pseudonym “Rose Ladson“, because she was seen as a potential target for West German left-wing terrorism.[ “Röschen“
I was seeing names in the word THRONES. I saw THE SON. I saw a ROSE. Now I see a LAD, a SON, and a ROSE. Now I see VAN ANDERSON.
Rose Laden and I share the same birthday, October 8th. She she was four, she had a dream.
“Ursula von der Leyen is four years old when she told her mother about a strange dream. In it she says: “Heavenly Father, I break the clouds!And I broke the clouds! And as I said: Heavenly Father, I break the door! And I broke the door!When the door was broken, I was floating towards the sky, and I was an angel. Small brown wings I had, and a small, white underpants … “
Jon Presco ‘The Seer’
Ursula von der Leyen was brought up in Belgium and speaks both German and French at a native level, as well as English.
In 1977 she became a student of economics at the University of Göttingen, soon moving to Münster and then the London School of Economics. While studying in London in 1978, she used the pseudonym “Rose Ladson”, because she was seen as a potential target for West German left-wing terrorism. “Röschen” (“Rosie”) has been her nickname since childhood. In 1980, she switched to studying medicine and subsequently enrolled at the Hanover Medical School, where she graduated in 1987 after seven years.
From 1988 to 1992, she worked as an assistant doctor at the Women’s Clinic of the Hanover Medical School. Upon completing her postgraduate studies, she graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in 1991.
From 1992 to 1996, after the birth of twins, she was a housewife in Stanford, California, while her husband was a faculty member of Stanford University.
From 1998 to 2002, she was a faculty member at the Department of Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research at the Hanover Medical School, where in 2001, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health.
Minister of Defence, 2013–present
Von der Leyen with German soldiers (2014)
In 2013, Ursula von der Leyen was appointed as Germany’s first female defence minister. By placing a major party figure such as von der Leyen at the head of the Defence Ministry, Merkel was widely seen as reinvigorating the scandal-ridden ministry’s morale and prestige. Along with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, von der Leyen is one of only three ministers to remain with Merkel since she became chancellor in 2005.
Von der Leyen chairs the EPP Defence Ministers Meeting, which gathers EPP defence ministers ahead of meetings of theCouncil of the European Union.
While some other party officials were, like Merkel, also elected with scores over 90% to the CDU executive board at a party convention in December 2014, von der Leyen scraped only 70.5%.
Within her first year in office, Von der Leyen visited the Bundeswehr troops stationed in Afghanistan three times and oversaw the gradual withdrawal of German soldiers from the country as NATO was winding down its 13-year combat mission ISAF. In summer 2014, she was instrumental in Germany’s decision to resupply the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters with lethal assistance. In September 2015, she signalled that she was open to delaying the withdrawal of 850 German soldiers from Afghanistan beyond 2016 after the Taliban’s surprise seizure of the northern city of Kunduz; German forces used to be based in Kunduz as part of NATO-ledISAF and remain stationed in the north of the country.
Following criticism from German officials of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan‘s military crackdown against Kurdish militants in August 2015, von der Leyen decided to let Germany’s three-year Patriot missile batteries mission to southern Turkey lapse in January 2016 instead of seeking parliamentary approval to extend it. By April 2016, under her leadership, the German Federal Armed Forces announced they would commit 65 million Euro to establish a permanent presence at Incirlik Air Base, as part of Germany’s commitment to the military intervention against ISIL.
At the Munich Security Conference in 2015, von der Leyen publicly defended the German refusal to supply Ukraine with weapons. Stressing that it was important to remain united in Europe over Ukraine, she argued that negotiations with Russia, unlike with Islamic State jihadists, were possible. Germany sees Ukraine and Russia as a chance to prove that in the 21st century, developed nations should solve disputes at the negotiating table, not with weapons, she said. In addition, she noted, Russia has an almost infinite supply of weapons it could send in to Ukraine. She questioned whether any effort by the West could match that or, more important, achieve the outcome sought by Ukraine and its supporters. On the contrary, von der Leyen said giving the Ukrainians arms to help them defend themselves could have unintended and fateful consequences. “Weapons deliveries would be a fire accelerant,” von der Leyen was quoted as telling the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily. “And it could give the Kremlin the excuse to openly intervene in this conflict.”
When Hungary used a water canon and tear gas to drive asylum seekers back from the Hungarian-Serbian border in September 2015, von der Leyen publicly criticized the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and called the measures “not acceptable and […] against the European rules that we have.”
Under von der Leyen’s leadership, the German parliament approved government plans in early 2016 to send up to 650 soldiers to Mali, boosting its presence in the U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUSMA in the West African country.
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Germany has a great General.