They claimed Brussels is facing numerous “serious” existential threats but Jean-Claude Juncker is simply stuck in time, like Tom Hanks' character in the famous film.
The condemned the president of the European Commission and said he was unable to cope with the social, economic and terror-related problems arising across the bloc.
The Hibernia Forum, a Dublin-based think tank, took the European Union to task in a recent editorial written by Chairman Cormac Lucey.
Jean-Claude Juncker will not be able to save the EU, a think tank has warned
He said: “It was once said that the Irish peace process was like a shark: it had to keep moving forward or it would die. EU treaty law assumes the same for the European Union (EU) when it commits its members to 'ever closer union'.
The Irish think tank said the EU was facing an existential threat
The movie Groundhog Day might be a more appropriate parallel
Cormac Lucey of the Hibernia Forum
“But it is doubtful where such a basic metaphor conveys any lesson for the complex world of politics in either Northern Ireland or the EU. The movie Groundhog Day might be a more appropriate parallel, where not going backwards can sometimes represent a considerable achievement.”
Mr Lucey listed the issues facing Brussels, adding the man tasked with solving them was not up to the job.
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He said: “The union also faces significant internal threats. The eurozone crisis ticks mordantly away in the background as debt levels in Greece, Portugal and Italy gradually escalate and political support for the European project slowly declines. Britain is exiting and nobody really knows what its departure will look like — the risk of a serious economic accident is significant. Perhaps most dangerous of all, political support for the EU is ebbing fast among its citizens.
Jean-Claude Juncker is not up to the task, an Irish think tank said
“This is the background to a white paper on the Future of Europe presented last month by Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission . Straight away note the title. It’s not a white paper on the future of the EU. Instead, it presumptuously purports to delineate the future of the entire continent.”
He said Mr Juncker’s plan offered five different solutions – all of which are unworkable.
The piece concluded: “The reality is that the EU is stuck. It hasn’t reached the federal destination desired by its intellectual fathers. And yet, in the minds of increasing numbers of its citizens, it has already gone too far.
“Juncker’s white paper is prefaced by a quote from one of those fathers, Robert Schuman. He stated: ‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.’
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“The problem for the EU is that its more recent concrete developments — the common currency, a common migration policy, a common foreign policy — haven’t engendered collective solidarity among EU member states and their citizens. They have boosted mutual antagonisms.”