Brussels (AP) - The future Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has defended the controversial title of her designated Vice-President for the "Protection of the European way of life".

These are European fundamental values ​​such as human dignity, freedom, democracy and the rule of law, wrote the CDU politician in the "Welt" (Monday). The title for the designated Greek EU Commissioner Margaritis Schinas had caused displeasure, because it also hides the responsibility for migration. Critics complain, suggesting that Europe must be protected against immigration. Outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker advised his successor to change the title.

But von der Leyen stopped in the "world" against it. "For some of us, in this debate, the term" European way of life "seems politically charged rather than being used," she wrote in a guest article. "I disagree. I am convinced that we must not let our concepts of Europe's opponents be removed. Protecting the values ​​in the European Treaties is the basis of our identity. »

This European way of life is today threatened by "adversaries of Europe": "Whether it is those from abroad who interfere in our elections or nationalist populists at home who want to destabilize Europe. We can not allow them to reinterpret the basis of our European way of life. They want the opposite of what makes Europe. »