Jean-Claude Juncker has staked the revitalization of the European Union, dented by Brexit and more distant from the hearts of its citizens, on his state of the union speech, delivered before the plenary session of the European Parliament today.
The topics at the center of the President of the Commission’s efforts include the East-West and North-South divides, the issues of refugees and austerity, and the crisis that has engulfed the concept of the European Union itself.
But one symbol of this crisis, which is above all a moral crisis, is contaminating Juncker’s reboot program: the shameful case of his predecessor, José Manuel Barroso, who held the post for 10 years. Borroso confirmed in July that he had signed a consulting agreement with Goldman Sachs and will become non-executive chairman. Barroso will work with the bank, which helped to mask Greece’s finances to enable the country to join the Eurozone, to extricate itself from the difficulties created by the Brexit.