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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, July 12, 2013

Günther Nonnenmacher on Jean-Claude Juncker's Europe

More than any other politician Jean-Claude Juncker stands for the emancipation of small European states, comments editor Günther Nonnenmacher in the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the occasion of the politician's resignation: "Juncker is living proof of the new improved role that small states can play in postwar European politics - on the path from EEC to EC to today's European Union. They are no longer cannon fodder for European power politics but sit as equals around the negotiating table with the French president, the German chancellor, and the British prime minister. ... Luxembourg's prime minister embodies another key element of European unification: the Christian-democratic basis consensus which has informed integration policy since Schuman, De Gasperi and Adenauer. This is rooted in a balance between capital and labour, in social (and sociopolitical) consensus. ... This foundation has been rocked and damaged by the storms of globalisation, but Juncker is a firm believer in it - not only as the aim of national politics, but also as a prerequisite for European unification."

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