Von der Leyen defended the job title by explaining that it was part of her political guidelines [Yves Herman/Reuters]

The European Commission has been accused of adopting far-right rhetoric after announcing the creation of a new portfolio for “Protecting our European Way of Life”. 

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen named Margaritis Schinas, a long-serving Commission official, for the controversially-named role on Tuesday, which includes steering the European Union‘s policy on migration and security issues as well as upholding the rule-of-law across the bloc.

But critics poured scorn on von der Leyen’s move, saying it suggested that migrants were threatening European values.

“It’s a far-right slogan!” the European Trade Union said on Twitter. “And why … is migration in this portfolio? We need protection for our democracy, against climate change

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