Juncker’s full 2018 State of the Union speech

Juncker’s full 2018 State of the Union speech

Mr President, President of the Council, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, good morning, At times, history moves forward only haltingly but it is always quick to pass us by. Such is the fate of a Commission with just a five year mandate to make a real difference. With such a short time we cannot change things definitively. This Commission is merely a chapter, a brief moment in the long history of the European Union. But the time has not yet come to pass judgement on the Commission I have the honour of presiding over. This is why I will not today present you with an overview of the last four years’ achievements. Instead, I say to you that our efforts will continue unabated. We will keep working to render this imperfect Union that
little bit more perfect with each passing day. There is much still to be done. And this is what I want to talk to you about this morning. No self-congratulating, no boasting. Modesty and hard work: this is the attitude the Commission will continue to adopt. This is what is on our agenda for the months to come. History can also show up, unannounced, in the life of nations and be slow to leave. Such was the fate of Europe’s nations during the Great War starting in 1914. A war which took the sunny, optimistic
and peaceful continent of the time by surprise. In 1913, Europeans expected to live a lasting peace. And yet, just a year later, a brutal war broke out amongst
brothers, engulfing the continent. I speak of these times not because I believe we are on the brink of another catastrophe. But because the European Union is the guardian of peace. We should be thankful we live on a peaceful continent, made possible by the European Union. [Applause] So let us show the European Union a bit more respect. Let us stop dragging its name through the mud and start
defending our communal way of life more. We should embrace the kind of patriotism that is used for good, and never against others. We should reject the kind of exaggerated nationalism that projects hate and destroys all in its path. The kind of nationalism that points the finger at others instead of searching for ways to better live together. [Applause] Living up to Europe’s rallying cry – never again war – is our eternal duty, our perpetual responsibility. We must all remain vigilant. Honourable Members of the European Parliament, What is the State of the Union today, in 2018? Ten years after Lehman Brothers, Europe has largely turned the page on an economic and financial crisis which came from outside but which cut deep at home. Europe’s economy has now grown for 21 consecutive quarters. Jobs have returned, with almost 12 million new jobs created since 2014. 12 million – that is more jobs than there
are people in Belgium. Never have so many men and women – 239 million people – been in work in Europe. Youth unemployment is at 14.8%. This is still too high a figure but is the lowest it has been since the year 2000. Investment is back, thanks notably to our European Fund for Strategic Investments, which some – less and less – still call the “Juncker Fund”. A Fund that has triggered 335 billion euro worth of public and private investment. We are closing in on 400 billion. And then there is Greece: After what can only be described as some very painful years, marked by unprecedented social hardship – though also by unprecedented solidarity – Greece successfully exited its programme and is now back on its own two feet. I applaud the people of Greece for their Herculean efforts. Efforts which other Europeans continue to underestimate. [Applause] I have always fought for Greece, its dignity, its role in Europe, and its place inside the euro area. Of this I am proud. Europe has also reaffirmed its position as a trade power. Our global trading position is the living proof of the need to share sovereignty. The European Union now has trade agreements with 70 countries around the world, covering 40% of the world’s GDP. These agreements – so often contested but so unjustly – help us export Europe’s high standards for food safety, workers’ rights, the environment and consumer rights far beyond our borders. When, amidst dangerous global tensions, I went to Beijing, Tokyo and Washington in the space of one week last July, I was able to speak, as President of the European Commission, on behalf of the world’s biggest single market. On behalf of a Union accounting for a fifth of the world’s economy. On behalf of a Union willing to stand up for its values and interests. I showed Europe to be an open continent. But not a naïve one. The strength of a united Europe, both in principle and in practice, gave me the clout I needed to get tangible results for citizens and businesses alike. United, as a Union, Europe is a force to be reckoned with. In Washington, I spoke in Europe’s name. For some, the agreement I struck with President Trump came as a surprise. But it should be no surprise that Europe succeeds when it speaks with one voice. When needed, Europe must act as one. We proved this when relentlessly defending the Paris Agreement on climate change. We did this because, as Europeans, we want to leave a healthier planet behind for those that follow. I share our Energy Commissioner’s conclusions when it comes to our targets for reducing CO2 emissions by 2030. They are both scientifically accurate and politically indispensable. This summer’s droughts are a stark reminder – not only for farmers – of just how important that work is to
safeguard the future for generations of Europeans. [Applause] We cannot turn a blind eye to the challenge in front of our noses. We – Commission and Parliament –must look to the future. Honourable Members of the European Parliament, The world has not stopped turning. It is more volatile than ever. The external challenges facing our continent are multiplying by the day. There can therefore be not a moment’s respite in our efforts to build a more united Europe. Europe can export stability, as we have done with the successive enlargements of our Union. For me, these are and will remain success stories – for we were able to reconcile Europe’s history and geography. But there is more to be done. [Applause] We must find unity when it comes to the Western Balkans – once and for all. Should we not, our immediate neighbourhood will be shaped by others. [Applause] Take a look around. What is happening in Idlib in Syria now must be of deep and direct concern to us all. We cannot remain silent in face of this impending humanitarian disaster – which appears now all but inevitable. The conflict in Syria is a case in point for how the international order that served Europeans so well after the Second World War is being increasingly called into question. In today’s world, Europe can no longer be certain that words given yesterday can still be counted on tomorrow. That old alliances may not look the same tomorrow. The world today needs a strong and united Europe. A Europe that works for peace, trade agreements and stable currency relations, even as some become more prone to
trade and currency wars. I am not in favour of a selfish unilateralism that defies expectations and dashes hopes. I will always champion multilateralism. [Applause] If Europe were to unite all the political, economic and military might of its nations, its role in the world could be strengthened. We will always be a global payer but it is time we started being a global player too. Yes, we are global players but we have to be global players too. This is why – despite great resistance at the time – I reignited the idea of a Europe of Defence as early as 2014. And this is why I will continue to work day and night over the next months to see the European Defence Fund and Permanent Structured Cooperation in Defence become fully operational. [Applause] Allow me to clarify one important point: we will not militarise the European Union. What we want is to become more
autonomous and live up to our global responsibilities. Only a strong and united Europe can protect our citizens against threats internal and external – from terrorism to climate change. Only a strong and united Europe can protect jobs in an open, interconnected world. Only a strong and united Europe can master the challenges of global digitisation. It is because of our single market – the largest in the world – that we can set standards for big data, artificial intelligence, and automation. And that we are able to uphold Europeans’ values, rights and identities in doing so. But we can only do so if we stand united. A strong and united Europe is what allows its Member States to reach for the stars. It is our Galileo programme that is today keeping Europe in the space race. No single Member State could have put 26 satellites in orbit, for the benefit of 400 million users worldwide. No single Member State could have done this alone. Galileo is a success in great part, if not entirely, thanks to Europe. No Europe, no Galileo. We should be proud. [Applause] Mr President, The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come. It is time Europe took its destiny into its own hands. It is time Europe developed what I coined “Weltpolitikfähigkeit” – the capacity to play a role, as a Union, in shaping global affairs. Europe has to become a more sovereign actor in international relations. [Applause] European sovereignty is born of Member States’ national sovereignty and does not replace it. Sharing sovereignty – when and where needed – makes each of our nation states stronger. This belief that “united we stand taller” is the very essence of what it means to be part of the European Union. European sovereignty can never be to the detriment of others. Europe is a continent of openness and tolerance. It will remain so. Europe will never be a fortress, turning its back on the world or those suffering within it. Europe is not an island. It must and will champion multilateralism. The world we live in belongs to all and not a select few. [Applause] This is what is at stake when Europeans take to the polls in May next year. We will use the 250 days before the
European elections to prove to citizens that, acting as one, this Union is capable of delivering on expectations and on what we promised to achieve at the start of this mandate. By the elections, we must show that Europe can overcome differences between North and South, East and West. The European Union is too small to let itself be divided in halves or quarters. We must show that together we can plant the seeds of a more sovereign Europe. Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Europeans taking to the polls in May 2019 will not care that the Commission made certain proposals – they want to see internet
giants pay taxes where they create their profits. [Applause] The voter want a lot from you too, not all as I know, the voters want that this commission proposal quickly becomes law. And they are right. [Applause] Europeans taking to the polls in May 2019 will not care about the Commission’s good intention to crack down on single-use plastics to protect our oceans against marine litter – if we want to convince Europeans of our intentions, then we need to see a European law in force that bans these plastics, [Applause] We all say in soap-box speeches that we want to be big on big things and small on small things. But there is no applause when EU law dictates that Europeans have to change the clocks twice a year. Clock-changing must stop. [Applause] Member States should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer or winter time. It is a question of subsidiarity. I expect the Parliament and Council will share this view. We are out of time. This is why I am today calling on all to work closely together over the next months, so that we can jointly deliver on what we have promised in 2014 – before the European Parliament elections. At the beginning of this mandate, we all collectively promised to deliver a more innovative Digital Single Market, a deeper Economic and Monetary Union, a Banking Union, a Capital Markets Union, a fairer Single Market, an Energy
Union with a forward-looking climate policy, a comprehensive Migration Agenda, and a Security Union. And we – or at least most of us – agreed that Europe’s social dimension should be given the Cinderella treatment no more, but should instead be geared towards the future. [Applause] The Commission has put all the proposals and initiatives we announced in 2014 on the table. Half of these have already been agreed by Parliament and Council, 20% are on well on the way and 30% are still under discussion – difficult discussion at that. Ladies and Gentlemen, I cannot accept that the blame for every failure – and there have been a few – is laid solely at the Commission’s
door. Our proposals are there for all to see. Especially in matters of asylum seekers and migration. They need to be adopted and implemented. I will continue to resist all attempts to blame the Commission alone. There are scapegoats to be found in all three institutions – with the fewest in Commission and Parliament. [Applause] Leadership is what is needed now. This is notably the case when it comes to completing our Security Union. Europeans rightly expect their Union to keep them safe. This is why the Commission is today proposing new rules to get terrorist content off the web within one hour – the critical window in which the greatest damage is done. And we are proposing to extend the tasks of the newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office to include the fight against terrorist offences. [Applause] We need to be able to prosecute terrorists in a more coordinated way, across our Union. Terrorists know no borders. We cannot allow ourselves to become unwitting accomplices because of our inability to cooperate. In the same vein, we have also today proposed measures to fight money laundering more effectively across our borders. We must protect our free and fair elections. This is why the Commission is today proposing new rules to better protect our democratic processes from manipulation by third countries or private interests. [Applause] Leadership and a spirit of compromise are of course very much needed when it comes to migration. We have made more progress than is often acknowledged. Five of the seven Commission’s proposals to reform our Common European Asylum System have been agreed. Our efforts to manage migration have borne fruit: arrivals have been drastically reduced – down 97% in the Eastern Mediterranean and 80% in the Central Mediterranean. EU operations have helped rescue over 690,000 people at sea since 2015. However, Member States have not yet found the right balance between the responsibility each must assume on its own territory; and the solidarity all must show if we are to get back to a Schengen area without internal borders. [Applause] I am and will remain strictly opposed to internal borders. Where borders have been reinstated, they must be removed. Failure to do so would amount to an unacceptable step back for the Europe of today and tomorrow. [Applause] The Commission and several Council presidencies have put numerous compromise solutions on the table. I call on the Austrian Council presidency to now make the decisive step to broker a sustainable solution on a balanced migration reform. We cannot continue to squabble to find ad-hoc solutions each time a new ship arrives. [Applause] Temporary solidarity is not good enough. We need lasting solidarity – today and forever more. We need more solidarity not for solidarity’s sake but for the sake of efficiency. This is true in the case of our civil
protection mechanism. When fires rage in one European country, all of Europe burns. The most striking images from this summer were not only those of the formidable fires but of the Swedish people greeting Polish firefighters coming to their aid – Europe at its best. [Applause] Turning back to migration: the Commission is today proposing to further strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better protect our external borders with an additional 10,000 European border guards by 2020. We are also proposing to further develop the European Asylum Agency to make sure that Member States get more European support in processing asylum seekers in line with the Geneva Convention. And we are proposing to accelerate the return of irregular migrants. I would also like to remind Member States again of the need to open legal pathways to the Union. [Applause] We need skilled migrants. Commission proposals addressing this issue have been on the table for some time and must now be taken up. Mr President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament, To speak of the future, one must speak of Africa – Europe’s twin continent. Africa is the future: By 2050, Africa’s population will number 2.5 billion. One in four people on earth will be African. We need to invest more in our relationship with the nations of this great and noble continent. And we have to stop seeing this relationship through the sole prism of development aid. Such an approach is beyond inadequate,
humiliatingly so. [Applause] Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnerships. And Europe needs this partnership just
as much. In preparing my speech today, I spoke to my African friends, notably Paul Kagame, the Chairperson of the African Union. We agreed that reciprocal commitments are the way forward. We want to build a new partnership with Africa. [Applause] Today, we are proposing a new Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs between Europe and Africa. This Alliance – as we envision it – would help create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next 5 years alone. We want to create a framework that brings more private investment to Africa. We are not starting from scratch: our
External Investment Plan, launched two years ago, will mobilise over €44 billion in both the public and private investment. Alone the projects already in the pipeline will unlock €24 billion. We want to focus our investment where it matters the most. By 2020, the EU will have supported 35,000 African students and researchers with our Erasmus programme. By 2027, this figure should reach 105,000. Trade between Africa and Europe is not insignificant. 36% of Africa’s trade is with the European Union. But this is not enough. I believe we should develop the numerous European-African trade agreements into a continent-to continent free trade agreement, as an economic partnership between equals. Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Another issue where I see a strong need for the Union for leadership is Brexit. I will not enter into the details of the negotiations, which are being masterfully handled by my friend Michel Barnier. He works on the basis of an unanimous position confirmed time and again by the 27 Member States. However, allow me to recall three principles which should guide our work on Brexit in the months to come. First of all, we respect, of course,
the British decision to leave our Union. But we regret it deeply. But we also ask the British government to
understand that someone who leaves the Union cannot be in the same privileged
position as a Member State. If you leave the Union, you are of course no longer part of our single market, and certainly not only in parts of it. [Applause] Secondly, the European Commission, this
Parliament and all other Member States will always show loyalty and solidarity with
Ireland when it comes to the Irish border. This is why we want to find a creative solution
that prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland. [Applause] And we will defend all the elements
of the Good Friday Agreement. It is Brexit that risks making the
border more visible in Northern Ireland. It’s not the European Union. Thirdly, after 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom
will never be an ordinary third country for us. The United Kingdom will always be a very close neighbour and partner in political, economic and security terms. In the past months, whenever we needed
unity in the Union, Britain was at our side driven by the same values and
principles as all other Europeans. This is why I welcome Prime
Minister May’s proposal to develop an ambitious new
partnership for the future, after Brexit. We agree with the statement made in Chequers
that the starting point for such a partnership should be a free trade area between the
United Kingdom and the European Union. On the basis of these principles, the Commission’s negotiators, mainly my good friend Michel Barnier stand ready to work day
and night to reach a deal. We owe it to our citizens and our businesses to
ensure the United Kingdom’s withdrawal is orderly and that there is stability afterwards. It will not be the Commission
that will stand in the way of this. Honourable Members of the European Parliament, There is much work to be done
before the European elections and before Europe’s Leaders
meet in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May 2019. Sibiu is the moment we must offer all Europeans a strong perspective for the future. Europeans deserve better than uncertainty
and confused objectives. They deserve clarity of intent, not
approximations or half-measures. We should not offer half-measures to European citizens. This is what is at stake on the road to Sibiu. By then we must have ratified the EU-Japan partnership agreement – for reasons as much economic as
geopolitical. By then, we should also have brokered an agreement in principle on the EU budget after 2020. If we want to give young Europeans the opportunity to make the most of our Erasmus programme – which we must – then we must decide on this aspect, amongst others, of the budget. If we want to give our researchers and start-ups more opportunities, and prevent funding gaps costing jobs, we have to decide before the elections. If we want to – without militarising the European Union – to increase defence spending by a factor of 20, we will
need to decide before the elections. If we want to increase our investment in Africa by 23%, we must decide quickly. It is always said to me by heads of state, that we can’t make decisions before elections. That elections become a crisis of democracy. No. It is normal in democracies to have elections, and it is normal and urgent to decide before elections… [Applause] By next year, we should also address
the international role of the euro. The euro is 20 years young and has
already come a long way – despite its critics. The Euro is now the second most used currency in the world, it is the second currency after the dollar. 60 countries have their currencies
linked to the euro in one way or another. But we must do more to allow our single currency to play its full role on the international scene. Recent events have brought into sharp focus the need to deepen our Economic and Monetary Union and build deep
and liquid capital markets. The Commission has made a series of proposals to do just that – most of which now await adoption. But we can and must go further. It is absurd that Europe pays for 80% of its energy import bill – worth 300 billion
euro a year – in US dollars when only roughly 2% of our energy imports come from the United States. It is absurd, ridiculous, that European companies buy European planes in dollars instead of euro. We need to change all of that. [Applause] This is why, before the end of the year, the Commission will present initiatives to strengthen the international role of the euro. The euro must become the face and the instrument of a new, more sovereign Europe. For this, we must first put our own house in order by strengthening our Economic and Monetary Union, as we have already started to do. Without this, we will lack the means to strengthen the international of role of the euro. We must complete our Economic and Monetary Union to make Europe and the euro stronger. Last but not least, by Sibiu I want to make visible progress in strengthening our foreign policy. We must improve our ability to speak with one voice when it comes to our foreign policy. It is not right that our Union silenced itself at the United Nations Human Rights Council when it came to condemning
human rights abuses by China. And this because not all Member States could agree. There are other examples too. [Applause] This is why today the Commission is proposing to move to qualified majority voting in specific areas of our external
relations. [Applause] I repeat what I said last year on this matter. We should move to qualified majority voting not in all but in certain specific areas of external relations. This is possible on the basis of the current Treaties and I believe the time has come to make use of this “lost treasure” of the Lisbon Treaty, which gives permission to vote by qualified majority…. [Applause] I also think we should be able to decide on certain tax matters by qualified majority. [Applause] Mr President, I would like to say a few words about the increasingly worrying way in which we air our disagreements. Heated exchanges amongst governments and institutions are becoming more and more common. Harsh or hurtful words
will not get Europe anywhere. The tone is not only worrying when
it comes to political discourse. It is also true of the way some seek to shut down
debate altogether by targeting media and journalists. Europe must always be a place where freedom of the press is sacrosanct. Too many of our journalists are intimidated, attacked, or even murdered. [Applause] There is no democracy without a free press. [Applause] Thank you for applauding so that I could drink. In general, [Laughter] Try again. In general, we must do more to
revive the lost art of compromise. Compromise does not mean sacrificing our
convictions or selling out on our values. The Commission will resist all attacks on the rule of law. We continue to be very concerned by the developments in
some of our Member States. Article 7 must be applied whenever
the rule of law is threatened. [Applause] First Vice-President Timmermans is doing a remarkable but often lonely job of defending the rule of law. The whole Commission, and I personally,
support him fully. [Applause] But we need to be very clear on one point: judgements from the Court of Justice must be respected and implemented. [Applause] The European Union is a community of law. Respecting the rule of law and abiding by Court decisions are not optional. Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen,
and, lots of you, friends. I started this speech – my last State of the Union though surely not my last speech – by talking about history. I spoke of both the events that have marked this Commission’s time in office and of history writ large, the History of Europe. We are all responsible for the Europe of today. And we must all take responsibility for the Europe of tomorrow. Such is history: parliaments and Commissions come and go, Europe is here to stay. But for Europe to become what it
must, there are several lessons to be learnt. I want Europe to get off the side-lines of world affairs. Europe can no longer be a spectator or a mere commentator of international events. Europe must be an active player, an architect of tomorrow’s world. There is strong demand for Europe throughout the world. To meet such high demand, Europe will have to speak with one voice on the world stage. In the concert of nations, Europe’s voice
must ring clear in order to be heard. Federica Mogherini has made Europe’s diplomacy more coherent like we have never done before. But let us not slide back into the incoherence of competing and parallel national diplomacies. Europe diplomacy must be conducted in the singular. Our solidarity must be all-embracing. [Applause] I want us to do more to bring together
the East and West of Europe. It is time we put an end to the sorry
spectacle of a divided Europe. Our continent and those who brought
an end to the Cold War deserve better. I would like the European Union to
take better care of its social dimension. Those that ignore the legitimate concerns of workers and small businesses undermine European unity. It is time we turned the good intentions that we proclaimed at the Gothenburg Social Summit into law. [Applause] I would like next year’s elections to be a landmark
for European democracy. I would like to see the Spitzenkandidaten process – that small step forward for European democracy – repeated. For me, this process would be made all the more credible if we were to have transnational lists. I hope these will be in place by
the next European elections in 2024 at the latest. [Applause] But above all, I would like us to reject unhealthy nationalism and embrace enlightened patriotism. We should never forget that the patriotism
of the 21st Century is two-fold: both European and national, with one not
excluding the other. As the French philosopher Blaise Pascal said:
“I like things that go together.” In order to stand on its own two feet,
Europe must move forward as one. To love Europe, is it love its nations. To love your nation is to love Europe.
Patriotism is a virtue. Unchecked nationalism is riddled
with both poison and deceit. [Applause] In short, we must remain true to ourselves. The trees we plant today must
provide shade for our great grand-children whether they hail from North or South, from West or East. To give them all they need to grow and breathe easily. A few years ago, standing in this very same spot, I told you that Europe was the love of my life. I love Europe still
and shall do so forever more. Thank you for having listened to me. [Standing ovation]

56 thoughts on “Juncker’s full 2018 State of the Union speech

  1. This is not what we voted for. The EU is fundamentally undemocratic and this man has no right to be in any position of power over us.

  2. Mr. Juncker state of the desunion is a complete garbage. His talking is rubbish. He looks living in a different planet. He is too old to recognize that EU is breaking away.

  3. And just which wars does this drunkard think the EU has prevented?? When war did return to Europe, the EU was useless to prevent or stop it. NATO was the means by which peace was kept in Europe. These fat, self serving beaurocrats couldn't stop a fight in a kindergarten!

  4. 2.29. That is a lie. The British Government knew a war was coming in 1905. My grandfather was with military intelligence and told me. My other grandfather was in civilian shipping and said that in Hambourg the German sailors told the British that they were finished because there would be war. This was well before 1914. Records of German railways show that there was a build up from 1910. The Germans even built light trains to be transported rapidly on bigger trains. Germany has dominated the EU. Five years ago they wanted an army, today they are saying that they want an increase in 'EU diplomatic influence' without the democratic vote of constituent countries. Germany has already destroyed the finances of a number of EU member countries and flooded countries with non-productive 'refugees'. Thank God Britain is leaving. Germany will not win The Peace.

  5. Every step towards the EU Juncker's Perfect EU is another step away from my idea of Europe. Europe should be free from the EU.
    This whole EU project should be raised to the ground.

  6. I'm from Poland. I considered the European Union an opportunity for Poland. SERIOUS PEOPLE who consider cooperation between countries as the end of European wars. I am a young man who even broke into politics. He quickly left her when he learned the truth. These people worship Marx, they are former collaborators of the European regimes. One question. WHERE IS COAL AND STEEL EUROPE? And the most important question. WHO HAD POWER TO COMMUNISTS IN EUROPE AND HOW COSTED IT? This is horrible …

  7. An alcoholic is the head of the EU. Chronic poverty and unemployment, but as long as the burocrats keep getting the perks, it's only a matter of time. National movements are getting stronger across Europe,they'll have to import more people from the third world to quell it.

  8. Great respect for Mr. Juncker, for breaking his daily routine and not getting drunk at 10 am. Unless this speech took place before 10 am – then the respect is not due.

  9. Who cares what this evil and dictatorial Junkers has to say, it is time for him to go, he never has been elected.
    The absence in the audience only shows how the representatives care for Junker and YOUR tax payer money!
    Desolve the EU or at least, turn it back to its beginning years, when still called EEC. The EU, has nothing to do
    with its original Idea of the Roman contracts, it became evil & satanic, taking away all the rights from the people
    in the member countries. This never should have happened. Stop it now ,close down Brussels and save lots of money.

  10. The union is a mess ,because its corrupt and toxic,letting dirty refugees and migrants into europe, instead of letting them drown,

  11. Juncker is a drunken arse….the EU’s days are numbered…….!!!!!

    The real national people’s of Europe will see to that….!!!!

  12. Go EU! 🇪🇺

    Some useful information:
    – "we didn't vote for him!!!!": the Commission is elected by our governments and confirmed by our elected Parliament.
    – "we've never voted for this EU!!!!!": we did (accordingly to your national law, so either we ourselves or our governments), in 2008 (Treaty of Lisbon). Bonus: "they forced Ireland to accept it!!!!!": they changed the treaty to meet Irish requests.
    – "EU laws are made by bureaucrats!!!!!": EU laws are made by the Parliament and the Council (= the members of our governments) on the basis of Commission's (see point 1) proposals.

    Hope this helps.

  13. IT's THE EUROPEAN PEOPLES MONEY !!! WHERE'S IT ALL GONE ?? …….. YOU THEIVING TWATS………. yeh it's a state of solidarity as long as you DON'T ask !!! ……….. WHERE'S the PEOPLE's MONEY GONE !!!

  14. The "tower of babel". The EUSSR is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever an they'll get even more totalitarian as people are starting to ask questions about the goings off of the place. You see folks the people are a threat to there luxury lifestyle an they will do all that they can to keep there luxury lifestyle. Its a giant Ponzi scheme folks an nothing more.


  16. Sale trou-du-cul, c'est l'OTAN et les Etats-Unis qui ont preserve la paix. Va visiter les cimetieres militaires britanniques, americans et canadiens. Va voir qui a assure le pont aerien a Berlin. Tu peux te foutre ton Union Europeenne ou je penses. La paix en Europe grace a l'UE… quelle blague (Yougoslavie).

  17. 17:00 "European sovereignty does not replace national sovereignty." Yea, we see that approach in relation to Hungary – "You either agree with us, or you're cut off your sovereignty". Globalist morons.

  18. The original speech took 2 hours, this video is half that time.
    What am I to think, that you edited out certain parts ?
    Now why would I think that ?

    It's not good enough. LIVE SUBTITLES !!
    When there is a speech of the union YOU have to make sure that EVERYONE in the EU can follow it.
    Not later, but live at the moment of the speech.

    I am native dutch, but the language of my choosing would be English.
    Je ne parlez pas Francais.

    This video is of an edited 2 hour speech, certain parts are left out, for what reason I do not know.
    Maybe for the same reason that the TTIP negotiations were done behind closed doors ?
    Maybe there are things told that you don't want us to know about ?

  19. Juncker an unelected dictator – – lack of MEP's there says it all – – fat pensioned cronies fooling all of Europe and the people having no say what so ever -how Juncker was made President is a disgrace – – – – -EU hate the word"democracy" -and anyone who dares to challenge their views – Brexit first -then Italy and France -this place will crumble -just watch

  20. Juncker is a criminal wants to make greater Albania and fund the terrorist and wants war and change Macedonia names stay away scum bag

  21. "we are all responsible for the Europe of today and must take responsibility for the Europe of tomorrow" life is of choices. what would it rather be? a Europe where France will be allowed to feast the poor European countries as it does to Africa? a Europe where Germany and France will be on a troll for hegemony after Brexit? yes, there are questions about values and sovereignty but what will it rather be? no price is too much for sustainable peace…

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