Has Europe turned a corner? EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker struck a more optimistic tone in his 2017 State of the Union speech. The Eurozone economy is growing again, and there is a sense that the EU is gearing up for significant reforms following the victory of Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election.
But, with so many challenges on the horizon – from Brexit to migration, from Eurozone debt to high youth unemployment – is it too early to be celebrating? What do citizens think about these issues? And what would they say to EU leaders?
On 14 September 2017, Debating Europe and Euronews hosted a live YouTube interview with Jean-Claude Juncker, following up on many of the topics brought up during his State of the Union speech. You can watch the video of the event here!
President Juncker responded to questions from a panel of prominent young European YouTubers – Abdel en Vrai, from Belgium; Diana zur Löwen, from Germany; and Kovy, from the Czech Republic – as well as a sample of your questions on some of the key issues facing Europe.
After the live YouTube debate, we will be hosting follow-up debates here on Debating Europe – looking in closer detail at some of the issues brought up.