Juncker presents White Paper: “The destiny of EU-27 is in our hands.”

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presents the EU-27 White Paper at the European Parliament, Brussels. 01 Mar. 2017

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker acknowledges existential struggles of the EU-27, tabling five basic ideas – scenarios in an attempt to put member states and citizens to a broad discussion over Europe’s future.

Quo vadis Europa at 27

“Later this month in Rome 27 of our member states will stand shoulder to shoulder in peace,” said Juncker to the MEPs in the Brussels chamber. “This should not be a birthday celebration - it should be the birthdate of the EU-27.”

Looking back to the EU’s labor pains in Rome, Juncker remembers Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi. Their Ventotene Manifesto, eventually entitled Per un’Europa libera e unita ("For a Free and United Europe. A Draft Manifesto"). Spinelli and...

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