The Time of Juncker’s Troubles

Juncjer as he lost or did he even have it.

Stop Making Sense

Matthew Karnitschnig, Tara Palmeri and Ryan Heath report for Politico:

[…] As the European Union confronts the worst crisis in its history, migration isn’t the only area where the Commission president is grasping for answers.

On a range of fronts, from border fences to Brexit to the economy, Juncker’s Commission has struggled to plough a path out of the malaise. Economic priorities — from Juncker’s much-touted €315 billion investment plan to a transatlantic free-trade pact — have yet to show significant impact or have been derailed.

Interviews with more than 40 EU politicians, diplomats and officials from countries across the EU — critics, supporters, and members of Juncker’s inner circle — as well as an analysis of his travel and meeting schedules, reveal a Commission president who is increasingly on the sidelines.

Juncker’s associates worry the multiple crises have left him politically paralyzed and worsened his health. They complain he has become disengaged from…

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