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Revealed: Jean-Claude Juncker's five 'pathways to unity' blueprint for the future of Europe

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has drawn up a White Paper setting out five options for the future of Europeafter Britain quits the EU in 2019.

The plan sets out five “pathways to unity” for the 27 member states who will remain in Europe after Britain leaves in 2019.

The proposals have already met opposition from recalcitrant eastern EU states, led by Poland and Hungary, who fear that they will be marginalised by a new drive to revitalise Europe's Franco-German federalist core.

Mr Juncker’s blueprint will be the basis for talks at a summit in Rome on March 25, to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding treaty.

This will start a nine-month debate that will culminate at a December European Council meeting, after the French and German elections.

The five options are as follows:


Scenario 1. Carrying on

In this scenario the EU27 "sticks to its course" but, Mr Juncker notes, the speed of EU decision-making "depends on overcoming differences of views in order to deliver on collective long-term priorities". In other words, the decision-making remains unwieldy, as at present.

Scenario 2. Nothing but the single market

The EU gives up on trying to resolve divisive issues such as "migration, security or defence" and co-operation on key issues becomes more bilateral than EU based. Radically, the EU also shrinks the regulatory burden by dropping two pieces of legislation for every one it passes.

Scenario 3. Those who want more, do more

Create one or more "coalitions of the willing" to drive forward specific areas, such as the defence, internal security, taxation or social policy. Other member states, outside those coalitions, "retain the possibility" of doing more over time.

Scenario 4: Doing less more efficiently

The EU decides to narrow down its priority list, and do what it does more efficiently. As a result the EU is able to "act much quicker and more decisively". Mr Juncker gives the example of the recent VW diesel emission standards and says this version of the EU would have the "powers and tools" to protect EU consumers in a "direct and visible" manner.

Scenario 5: Doing much more together

Accepting that the current half-cocked EU doesn't work and that retreating to a more bilateral model will not meet the globalised challenges of the modern era, the EU 27 "decide to share more power, resources and decision-making across the board". In this scenario - unlikely given all the caveats above about the lack of unity in the current EU - decision-making deepens and speeds up and decision are agreed faster at EU level and are "rapidly enforced".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/01/revealed-jean-claude-junckers-five-scenarios-future-europe/


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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Juncker's desperate 'five-path' SURVIVAL PLAN after Brexit REVEALED and it's causing CHAOS


    BRUSSELS boss Jean-Claude Juncker has warned there are “important challenges ahead” in a leaked draft of his masterplan for the future of the European Union without the UK.

    The White Paper has been kept a closely guarded secret by Mr Juncker and his chief of staff Martin Selmayr.

    Expected to be a brief and punchy document, it is thought the paper would outline responses to major issues facing the project after Britain voted to leave the 28-member bloc.

    But the memo has been leaked ahead of its grand unveiling this afternoon - revealing Mr Juncker’s five point plan for the EU’s future without the UK post-Brexit.

    Writing in the foreword he said: “A united Europe at 27 needs to shape its own destiny and carve out a vision for its own future.”

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/773521/Jean-Claude-Juncker-white-paper-plan-save-European-Union-Brexit

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    FULL REPORT: Brussels proposes FEDERAL STATE OF EUROPE among five-path EU survival plan


    EUROPE found itself at a crossroads in history today as Brussels boss Jean-Claude Juncker laid out five options to save the EU after Brexit, ranging from a loose trading alliance to a full-out superstate.

    Eurocrats released a much anticipated white paper this afternoon detailing the different “pathways” member states can take between now and 2025 to try and rescue the struggling bloc from imploding. 

    It presents EU leaders with five wildly different proposals for the future of the project, all but one of which involve the transfer of more and more powers to Brussels. 

    The last and most controversial, dubbed the “Verhofstadt option” by insiders, advocates the complete creation of a United States of Europe with its own army, government and seat on the UN security council. 

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/773622/European-Union-Jean-Claude-Juncker-post-Brexit-plan-EU

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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