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Ursula von der Leyen bids farewell to David Sassol: A sincere democrat and a good man

Ursula von der Leyen bids farewell to David Sassol: A sincere democrat and a

Flags fly at half-mast as Europe mourns the loss of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament and Italian Social Democrat, who died overnight due to a malfunctioning immune system.

The first reactions to his death came from the leaders of other European Union institutions, who had worked closely with Sassol in recent years to advance the bloc's political agenda.

"Today is a sad day for Europe. Our Union is losing a passionate European, a sincere Democrat and a good man," said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in a video statement, part of which also read it in Italian.

"David Sassoli was a man of deep faith and strong conviction. Everyone loved his smile and kindness, yet he knew how to fight for what he believed in. He wanted Europe to be more united, closer to its people. ", more faithful to our values. This is his legacy. And so I will remember him. As a champion of justice and solidarity and a dear friend."