Reflections

The EU May Bend to Keep From Breaking

Mar 8, 2017 | 23:31 GMT
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a report on the European Union's future March 1 in Brussels. The report outlines five different scenarios, including the possibility that member states could regain domestic policymaking authority.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented a report on the European Union's future March 1 in Brussels. The report outlines five different scenarios, including the possibility that member states could regain domestic policymaking authority.
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The European Commission is taking a clear-eyed look at Europe's future. On March 1, the institution presented a report proposing five different visions for what the European Union might look like in 2025. The report will doubtless take center stage at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday between discussions of such issues as migration, security, defense and the economy. Along with suggesting that member states could integrate at different speeds, the white paper raises the possibility that EU countries may regain control of some prerogatives currently under Brussels' authority. This idea represents a marked departure for EU leaders. Since the bloc's inception six decades ago, its goal has always been to progressively delegate national policy decisions to supranational authorities. Every institutional reform since the 1950s has furthered this goal, giving Brussels more responsibilities. Though EU officials have said they oppose weakening the supranational institutions, the white paper nonetheless...

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