To see in Ursula von der Leyen's speech a patchwork of proposals aimed at bringing together a majority of bits and bobs is certainly a misinterpretation.
That is the right thing to say, and it sounds right: there are probably not many leading European politicians who have experienced Europe, in such a way that this daughter of a senior European civil servant who studied at the London School of Economics did. Nor are there many who have an equivalent international experience, since she lived four years in California from 1992 to 1996. Expatriates know that it is only by leaving Europe that we begin to understand how much it exists. "The world is calling for more Europe. The world needs more Europe.": this is a woman who knows what she is talking about.