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Juncker’s swansong contained a few bombshells on tax and sovereignty that should make us sit up

16th September, 2018

True to form, Jean-Claude Juncker combined theatricality and vacuous rhetoric in his final speech to the European Parliament last Wednesday. And also true to form, most parliamentarians gave his rather elephantine swansong a standing ovation. Some, however, were a little surprised by the canned applause which lingered after most had stopped clapping.

The constant theme of a somewhat disjointed address was Juncker’s plea for the EU to become “sovereign”. This is in fact an appeal...

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