Outcry over EU ‘way of life’ migration portfolio Sep 11, 2019 0 219 12345 AFPBrusselsAn EU Commission proposal to brand its powerful migration portfolio as “protecting the European way of life” sparked outrage from European lawmakers on Tuesday who called it a worrying use of far-right rhetoric.The row erupted after incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen named her cabinet for the next five years and gave the controversially-named job to Greek former MEP Margaritis Schinas.Migration is an explosive topic for the von der Leyen commission that is taking office on November 1, as far-right parties make electoral gains Europe-wide by stoking fears of a migration “invasion” from Africa and the Middle East.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, is accused of doing too little to stop migrants from making their way to Europe. The topic became a full blown crisis in 2015 when more than a million mostly Syrian refugees made their way to the continent.In her mission letter to Schinas, von der Leyen underlined that “the European way of life is built around solidarity, peace of mind and security”. “We must address and allay legitimate fears and concerns about the impact of irregular migration on our economy and society,” she wrote.“It is scary to see a proposal for a portfolio on ‘Protecting the European way of life’ which includes migration and border protection,” said MEP Ska Keller, who is co-head of the Greens group in the European Parliament.“We hope President von der Leyen does not see a contradiction between supporting refugees and European values,” she added.British MEP Claude Moraes of the left-of-centre Labour party, also slammed the proposal, calling it a “real problem” that could threaten the ratification of the new commission by parliament.“I will raise it in my group tonight and a reminder that the European Parliament has to okay all of this. A portfolio with a title like this just cannot stand in my view,” he tweeted.Amnesty International also hit out at the job title, accusing Brussels of “using the framing of the far right by linking migration with security”.“This sends a worrying message,” said Stefan Simanowitz of Amnesty International.Von der Leyen hails from the right-of-centre European People’s Party , the parliament’s biggest group of which Hungary’s anti-migrant Fidesz party is also a powerful member. RELATED ARTICLES Ms Monopoly board game sees women players get paid more Sep 11, 2019 0 686 Trump fires hawkish national security advisor John Bolton Sep 11, 2019 0 551 New Sweden minister presses ‘feminist foreign policy’ Sep 11, 2019 0 233 Ukrainian lawmakers passes bill on presidential impeachment Kiev: Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill detailing procedures for a presidential impeachment, fulfilling a campaign pledge by the new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky. Zelensky, a 41-year-old comedian who came .. Michael Jordan pledges $1 million to Dorian relief in Bahamas Nassau: Michael Jordan pledged $1 million Tuesday to the Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas. The Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA Hall of Fame member owns property there and is a frequent visitor to the area that .. After battle with MPs, British PM seeks Brexit deal AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted on Tuesday he was working hard to strike a divorce deal with the EU, after he suspended parliament following a series of bruising defeats by MPs over his Brexit .. US EPA chief seeks to reduce agency-funded animal testing REUTERS WASHINGTON US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on Tuesday he was signing a memo to reduce agency-funded animal testing, vowing to almost completely end the practice by 2035. .. British lawmakers launch new group to try to secure Brexit deal LONDON: Several British lawmakers launched a new group on Tuesday to bolster efforts to secure a deal to leave the European Union, hoping to persuade parliament finally to pass an agreement based on one it rejected three ..