In preparation of his annual State of the Union address on September 12, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered a preview on Monday of what he plans to cover in a speech that will unofficially signal the kick off of the 2018-19 political season.
This year’s State of the Union speech will be Juncker’s last and comes ahead of next May’s European elections and is expected to focus on a host of new measures that the EU executive is expected to table in the coming weeks. European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, recently hinted at that the Commission would focus on voters’ main concerns as EU citizens are increasingly turning towards alt-right and far-right.
“Nationalism has never solved, but only created problems,” Juncker told the German agency DPA. “Those who withdraw into their national shells can assume that outsiders are responsible and can be blamed for all of their problems. They can’t overcome any challenges because they don’t have any oversight at all,” he added. “I trust that the EU’s reason will prevail and those who want to secure peace and prosperity will oppose populists in the upcoming European election campaign.”
According to Juncker, questions about migration, security, and digitisation can only be solved through cooperation in Europe as this is the only way for the Member States to finally enforce their own national interests.
After almost four years in office, Juncker said he believes the supporters of peace and prosperity will decisively oppose the populists in the upcoming European elections.