Has the Hour of European Sovereignty Come?

On 12 September 2018, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his final State of the Union speech (a custom that dates back to 2010) in front of a half empty chamber of MEPs, but with old-school charm and wit. It was basically his farewell address ahead of the appointment of a new Commission after next year’s European Parliament elections, which may see a rise in status for right-wing extremism across the board. Through this unofficial barometer of the EU’s state of affairs and spirit, this year he promised that “we will keep working to render this imperfect Union that little bit more perfect with each passing day” by planting “the seeds of a more sovereign Europe”, the leitmotif of his address. Read more ...

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