Juncker calls for united EU under one leader

Juncker wants a single EU president who campaigns in the 2019 elections (Photo: European Commission)


European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker outlined his post-Brexit vision for a confident EU in his state of the union address on Wednesday (14 September), speaking of a Europe that has bounced back from the economic downturn and regained the political ground from populists and eurosceptics.

Juncker, in his second to last state of the union speech, has argued for a more united and effective EU that is based on freedom, equality and the rule of law, and signalled that he wants all EU countries to become full eurozone and Schengen area members by 2019 – except those with opt-outs. Continue reading

Romania: A German president

Klaus Iohannis, candidate for the Liberal Christian Alliance, won Romania’s presidential election in a second-round vote on 16 November.

According to partial official results, the former mayor of Sibiu obtained 54.66 per cent of votes, against 45.53 per cent for his rival, Prime Minister Victor Ponta (Social Democratic Party). Continue reading