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Juncker’s EU prescription is a recipe for increased alienation and instability – Carthy

13 September, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Speaking after today’s ‘State of the EU’ address by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said:

“Jean Claude Juncker’s State of the EU address was simply a confirmation that the EU intends to continue to do as it always intended - only faster and with even less democratic oversight than originally envisioned. This is precisely the opposite of what is now required.

“It appears that leaders within the EU institutions, including Mr Juncker, want to exploit the fallout of Brexit to push ahead with increased EU federalism and reduced democratic accountability, refusing to recognise that it is this agenda that contributed to the Brexit result and which has caused deep antagonism among citizens across the EU.

“The speech indicates that Mr Juncker is either oblivious to the huge political upheaval that resulted in Brexit and the rise of far-right parties many European states, or he doesn’t care.

“His prescription is a recipe for increased political instability. He fails to recognise the deep political crisis at the heart of the EU project.

“He recommends that EU goes further down the road of neoliberal policies and away from a more social and democratic Europe. This will see the creation of an EU army, more dangerous trade deals, increased liberalisation of key utilities and less democratic oversight.

“It is a charter for an EU driven by the interests of large multinational corporations and dominated by the larger states.  This will inevitably result in further alienation from the EU by member states and citizens and further political instability.

“I and my colleagues in Sinn Féin will continue to work with others across Europe for a democratic, social Europe where all member states work together as equals and where the real interests of citizens are at the heart of EU policy making.” 

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