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President von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum speaks about diplomacy, conflict prevention and the work on reconciliation and reconstruction

European Commission: The EU should invest not only to avoid crises in the world but also to pay more attention to existing conflicts. This was stated by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “We are the largest donor for development cooperation – in fact, we invest in this more than the rest of the world combined. But we must also do more when it comes to managing crises as they develop.”

According to Ursula von der Leyen Europe also needs credible military capabilities and has to set up the building blocks of the European Defence Union. There is a European way to foreign and security policy where hard power is an important tool – but is never the only one.

At the same time, von der Lein said that the EU should play a more active role in conflict resolution and emphasized the importance of a good neighborhood. ” During the last decade, Europeans learned the importance of a stable neighborhood. From Ukraine to the shores of the Mediterranean, from the Western Balkans to the Sahel. We have learned the importance to invest more in long-term stability and to prevent crises. This is where Europe can make a real difference. “