Facing Crisis, EU Leaders Settle for Show of Unity and Vague Proposals

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his 2016 State of the Union Address, Strasbourg, France, Sept. 14, 2016 (EU Commission photo).
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his 2016 State of the Union Address, Strasbourg, France, Sept. 14, 2016 (EU Commission photo).

Last Wednesday, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gave his annual State of the Union address after one of the most difficult years in the EU’s history. Between the ongoing migrant crisis, the continued rise of populism, a series of terrorist attacks and Brexit, there are many reasons to conclude that the EU is in dire straits. “Let us all be very honest in our diagnosis. Our European Union is, at least in part, in an existential crisis,” Juncker stated in opening his speech. “Never before have I seen so much fragmentation, and so little […]

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