Juncker – president of a flawed status quo

Are Europeans better off now than in 2014? The facts show they are not.

Opportunities to prepare for the future of Europe and to bridge the gap with citizens have been lost.

An honest assessment of the current state of the EU means conceding that the continuation of flawed status quo policies in the EU and member states has contributed to a dramatic rise in right-wing extremism, xenophobia and nationalism.

Illiberal agendas and double standards have allowed for the dismantling of the rule of law and democracy in some member states and increasing support for authoritarianism.

The EU has not overcome its political, economic and social crises.

Juncker came to power with promises of putting the dire years of austerity behind, with the so-called Juncker Plan, an investment plan for Europe. He also unveiled a European Pillar of Social Rights to put a more humane face to the EU’s

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