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“Shame on you!”: inside the fight for the future of the European Union

At CEPS Lab, politicians and leaders gathered to debate the future of Europe post-Brexit. What they found was a host of new challenges

By Marie Le Conte  

"Shame on you!": EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker rebuked the audience at CEPS Lab 2018. Photo: PA

There is a fine line between competence and complacency, and it is not always clear when Jean-Claude Juncker crosses it.

The president of the EU Commission was the star guest of CEPS Labs, a conference on the future of Europe which took place in Brussels last week, and while his speech was largely uncontroversial, his contempt for the audience afterwards was barely concealed.

He frequently gave one-word answers to questions. Occasionally,…

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