Another Text Message Controversy for von der Leyen The European Commission Deletes Mass Amounts of Emails and Doesn't Archive Chats

Each month, the European Commission deletes several thousand emails and texts, and WhatsApp messages are not archived at all. Now, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is, once again, facing uncomfortable questions about allegedly deleted text messages. An expert describes the practices as legally "questionable."

By Markus Becker in Brussels
The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels: "Short-lived documents"

The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels: "Short-lived documents"

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is facing fresh controversy over text messages that have disappeared.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is facing fresh controversy over text messages that have disappeared.

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