State of the Union debate: Strengthen EU as a global player
President Juncker called for the EU to speak and act as one on a global stage, defend its democratic values and turn its back on poisonous nationalism.
“The EU is a global payer, but must also become a global player”, said Jean-Claude Juncker in his speech on the State of the Union 2018. “There are no guarantees that our allies of yesterday will remain our allies of tomorrow”, he added, announcing further proposals to strengthen the Defence Union, step up protection of EU external borders and reinforcethe Euro as an international currency. ”It is absurd that the EU pays 80 % of its bill for energy imports in dollars...whilst only 2% of those energy imports come from the US”, he said.
Juncker highlighted the difference between enlightened patriotism and unhealthy nationalism. “Article 7, must be activated where media freedom and the rule of law are under threat”, he said. “There is no democracy without a free press. (...) Respecting judiciary decisions is not an option, but an obligation”. Europe must also shield its democratic process from international and private interests.
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