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Ursula von der Leyen will have the opportunity to review the performance of her committee and set some guidelines for the future when she delivers her speech. State of the EU speech Today. The committee chairman is expected to emphasize how Russia’s war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed the bloc. She told ambassadors earlier this month that the EU must expand its borders to recognize new geopolitical realities. She also said Ukraine and Moldova will need to gain membership to prevent them from being influenced by countries that do not share the bloc’s values. For the EU, the enlargement debate means deepening its core identity, as member states face fears of a years-long war in Ukraine and economic and technological competition with China and the United States. United, as many begin to worry about the possible return of Donald Trump.