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Juncker says goodbye to the Eurocamara calling to "defend ourselves against stupid and limited nationalisms"

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has called on Europe to defend itself against "stupid and limited nationalisms" in his statement of balance and farewell of this Tuesday in the Eurocamara, after five years as head of the Community Executive. Juncker, who was due to complete his term next Thursday, will have to continue at least one more month, until December 1, for the problems that have arisen in the team proposed by his successor Ursula Von der Leyen, who still has no replacement for Commissioners rejected by the European Parliament (those of Hungary, Romania and France).

The Luxembourgian, first and last head of the list of some Europeans to preside over the Commission (Von der Leyen did not attend the May 26 elections and was nominated by finger by EU leaders), thanked the support of its commissioners, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk ("we have been twins and we have had our clashes) and he supported Von der Leyen," the ideal person "to take office. "I'm leaving neither sad nor euphoric but with the feeling that I used myself thoroughly," he said.

In a quick tour of its management since 2014, has put figures to the interaction of its commissioners with citizen associations (1815 citizen dialogues) and national parliaments (911 visits). He has suggested that the three major commitments that led him to the presidency (growth, employment and investments) have been fulfilled by listing that This is the 25th quarter of growth, the 14 million jobs created and an employment rate of 73.9%. "The Juncker plan has generated investments worth 483,000 million euros … And it was believed that it would be a failure," he added.

In this speech before the MEPs, he has also affected the attitude of some States, without express mention. He did so when he referred to the easing of borrowing rules in the Stability and Growth Pact, a flexibility that allowed «to respond when Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece», asked for help during the recession

«The Juncker plan has generated investments worth 483,000 million euros … And it was believed that it would be a failure»

Also in his battle to keep Greece inside the euro. «He occupied me and worried me a lot, but we have restored his dignity». Some capitals did not want the Commission to act. «There were heads of state who called me and said 'you to yours'. But I understood that we had to work to help ».

Looking ahead, he remarked, among other things, the need to strengthen solidarity with Africa, "Not charity" with more investments and generating employment. «Not seeing it only from the point of view of immigration». 760,000 people have been rescued at this time in the Mediterranean. It is one of the challenges, generate the conditions so that «these people do not have to leave their countries of origin». Another, the trade wars and the need for Europe to strengthen the entire structure of the euro to face new crises.

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