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Theresa May of Brussels

With Michel Barnier and Donald Tusk in charge of the Brexit brief, the EU played a diplomatic blinder against Britain. But today it’s a clueless Ursula von der Leyen who is holding the ring

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Henry Kissinger used to say: when I want to speak to Europe, who do I call? In his case, it might often have been better not to take the call. But the vaccine crisis shows an alarming power vacuum, as the President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, looks increasingly like the Theresa May of Brussels.

She may even be worse. Even with bizarre non-statements of strategic purpose like “Brexit means Brexit,” May never said anything as stupid as “I’m aware that a country might be a speedboat and the EU more a tanker.” That line was in…

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