Source: Die Presse, Austria, March 24
Will the EU exist for another 60 years? No one can know for sure the answer to this question, but there is certainly hope – and it comes mainly from the younger generation.
As most surveys in the different countries show, it is above all the older generation that tends towards Euro-scepticism. Among other things the Brexit vote in the UK, in which a majority of the young voted to remain in the EU, has shown this.
And in the countries of Eastern Europe where anti-EU sentiment is very strong there is a younger generation that thinks European. Many of them have grown up being able to cross most borders unhindered: they have tasted the freedom of being able to study or start their first job wherever they choose in Europe…. This generation, which is gradually gaining more and more say in what goes on, won’t allow nationalist blockers to take its freedoms away.
Source: RT (Russian Television), March 25
Moscow – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union would never turn into the United States of Europe, in an interview published Saturday.
“I was never…a supporter of the concept of the United States of Europe. We will never witness that the European Union becomes a state,” Juncker told German heute news outlet in an interview on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the European Union.
Juncker also said that he had no doubt the European Union would celebrate its 100-year anniversary and expressed hope the bloc would preserve its cultural diversity.
Earlier in the day, leaders of 27 EU member states signed the Rome Declaration on the challenges and priorities of the post-Brexit European Union. The declaration is the main outcome of the Rome Summit, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the foundations of the European Union back in 1957.