European Political Strategy Centre (2018)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French President Emmanuel Macron both laid out ambitious proposals for the future of Europe. In their respective speeches, they marked hope for the beginning of a new era after the polycrisis of past years.
The State of the Union (SOTEU) outlined the European Commission’s work programme and legislative proposals for 2018, and set out the President’s broader vision for the longer term. The speech was President Juncker’s third and arguably most important State of the Union address, given the ‘wind in the sails’ that the European project was enjoying: increased public support, improved economic and social conditions in Europe, but also the need to be more united, given the growing instability abroad.