Ahead of the European Union Summit in the Slovak capital Bratislava, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warned the bloc’s member states that “the EU is, at least in part, in an existential crisis.”
“The European Union is currently not in top condition. Many things did not change for the better. Some developments suggest that in some areas we are being faced with an existential crisis of the European Union,” Juncker emphasized in his state of the union speech delivered in Strasbourg on September 14.
Much in the same vein President of the European Council Donald Tusk describes the situation in his letter addressed to 27 EU leaders before the summit. “Between the skepticism of the pessimists on the one hand, and the Euro-enthusiasm on the other there is ample room for ‘real optimism’. Critical diagnosis must be at its source. We need to do everything not to let it degenerate into a blame game, so futile and so typical of recent years, or a bidding competition for best-sounding slogans, such as ‘better Europe’, ‘less Europe’ or ‘more Europe’. After all, someone might eventually cut it short with ‘no more Europe’,” Tusk wrote.
“Europe is politically weakened by Brexit and [EU member] states are trying to exploit the EU’s weakness to obtain preferential treatment,” Yakovchuk underscored.
“Put simply, it expanded too fast. And for too long, ideology was allowed to trump pragmatism,” MacDonald suggested.