Metsola's visit to kyiv. Damn cheeky

(B2) The presence this Friday of Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament is strong in symbols, in political messages delivered. But she also reveals a great personality and a certain courage. Few politicians (and women) have ventured so far to make the trip.

By train

The President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola took the night train Thursday (31.03) from Warsaw to reach the Ukrainian capital. She was able to meet various party leaders, Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. A visit charged in emotional and supportive terms. With a message repeated each time: Courage, strength, resolution accompanied each time by the Ukrainian slogan: Slava Ukrainian! (Glory to Ukraine) and a tweet.

Better than a tweet or a phone call, be there

This is the first visit by a representative of a European institution. Apart from the visit of the Polish-Czech-Slovenian trio, few European politicians have risked wasting so many hours to come to kyiv, preferring messages by telephone and tweet.

Resist terror and be free

« You show the world that no amount of terror can intimidate and bombs will never destroy pride and they will never destroy dignity “said the Maltese in a speech in front of the Ukrainian Rada (parliament). “You are the defenders of your country. But you are not only fighting to protect your homes and your territory. You fight for what we all believe in. Freedom. Democracy. The rule of law. "And to affirm:" We will never forget what happened [in] Mariupol. Never. »

The three promises of Metsola

Beyond the message of solidarity, the President of the European Parliament made three promises to Ukrainians:

  1. Don't let Putin do it. " We need more and tougher sanctions. We will hold those responsible responsible for what they have done here.
  2. Ukraine's European ambitions. " You can count on me, on the European Parliament to support Ukraine's path towards achieving this goal.
  3. Ugly. " We will take care of your families who are forced to flee, until the day they can return home safely and rebuild their lives. We will help you rebuild your towns and villages when this illegal invasion […] is over..

Freedom above all !

Some claim to be geopolitical, others in favor of peace and dialogue. Some make a lot of phone calls, and brag about it. What the President of the European Parliament succeeded in, whom some had criticized as a conservative, seeing in her only an anti-abortion supporter, will have to resume their speech (1). R. Metsola is above all a supporter of freedom. She had shown it during her mandate on the Committee on Public Liberties of the European Parliament. She said it, loud and clear, in kyiv: The European Union is a peace project. But even above that, it's a project about freedom.

Hats off ma'am

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Read our nuanced portrait: Roberta Metsola, the new face of the European Parliament

Credit: Photos: European Parliament – ​​Roberta Metsola / B2 Archives

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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