Juncker’s “Time for Honesty”
“Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech will not be remembered in history, but the President of the Commission succeeded in holding up a mirror to the European Union amidst the refugee crisis. His proposals for a common European asylum policy are coherent: a permanent relocation mechanism for asylum seeker, a shared list of safe countries of origin, stronger protection of the external EU borders and legal ways to migrate to Europe. The question remains, if his words will shift the position of the national heads of government. The chair of the President of the European Council remained empty during the speech.”
Bravery of action
"Jean-Claude Juncker has provided a course of an hour and a half to European MP’s in Strasbourg. Among priorities of European Commission, the most important is one about refugees crisis. 500 000, it’s the number of refugees who are washed up on European coasts since the beginning of the year. Juncker proposes a permanent mechanism of relocalisation of refugees with an obligation for States to welcome a number of asylum-seekers. It’s a measure of good sense like reinforcing humanitarian aids and creating legal ways of immigration.
Juncker demonstrates that we don’t build Europe on national egotisms, but on fundamental values which unify European citizens. States will take their responsibilities. Hypocrisy of Member States and shameful squabbles in front of this situation are guilty behaviors. This situation highlights inefficiency of European Council. National interests can’t rule European politics. The ball is now in the camp of Member States. They will be responsible in front of court of history."
European integration moved forward, but why bring UKIP along?
“When speaking English, Juncker hit the nail on the head effectively and brought together many things we Federalists have been calling for for a long time, so in short I enjoyed his speech very much. However as a Brit, I did not appreciate Juncker’s recognition of UKIP’s little comments (though I did like his response) and nor did I appreciate the camera looking to UKIP for a reaction every time my country was mentioned. Do not give vile bigots the oxygen of undeserved publicity, the media already does a good enough job at giving them the limelight!”