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State of the EU speech: New wind

New wind – Gatis Sluka
Cartoon movement (Amsterdam)

On 13 September the president of the EU Commission delivered in Strasbourg his annual State of the European Union speech or SOTEU, headlined "Wind in our sails". In a globally more optimistic speech than the latest SOTEU, Jean-Claude Juncker said he wants all EU countries to become full eurozone and Schengen area members by 2019, argued for a European minister of economy and finance, and for merging the presidencies of the European Commission and the European Council into a single position, in order to have one clear leader of the EU.