The Union’s in a bit of a state at the moment. For his second-ever “State of the Union” address, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker certainly had plenty of topics to choose from. From the UK voting to leave, to the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War; to terror attacks in France and Belgium – there’s seemingly no end of challenges for Europe.
Juncker began his address by admitting that the state of the union leaves “much to be desired”. He argues that the EU needs to be “more social”, and to respond faster to the needs of its citizens.
Which is all very well and good, but does it resonate with ordinary people? For the first time ever, we hosted – together with Euronews – a live YouTube interview with Jean-Claude Juncker, following up on many of the topics brought up during his State of the Union speech.
President Juncker responded to questions from a panel of prominent European YouTubers – Jonas Ems, from Germany; Lukasz Jakobiak, from Poland; and Laetitia, from France – as well as a sample of your questions on some of the key issues facing Europe. You can watch the full interview in the video above.
Over the coming days, we will be hosting a series of three follow-up debates on Debating Europe – looking in closer detail at some of the issues brought up during the interview.
We want to give our readers the opportunity to choose exactly which topics the follow-up debates will focus on, so we’re hosting a poll for you to decide. Let us know in the poll below what issues interest you most!