The Policy Focus section collects articles meant to inform on the facts, the decisions and the events that shape the social dimension of the European Union. They offer in depth analyses and interpretations about the developments occurring within the EU political arena, and try to identify possibility spaces for the strengthening of the European Social Union.
The recent war of words between Matteo Renzi and Jean-Claude Juncker, triggered by the latter’s critical remarks towards Italy is only the latest, and certainly one of the most visible episodes in what some have called a new fault line in European politics.
This article compares the State of the Union address recently delivedered by Jean-Claude Juncker with those of his predecessor Barroso. The analysis reveals interesting differences in the political discourse of the two Commission presidents.