It’s interesting to see that Barrosa has used the word strategy. But he’s talking about strategic priorities determined by the European Council. He is not looking at Europe’s competitive position and how to leverage its effectivess. For example, he refers to the importance of energy and energy security. Sadly, he is a long way from recognizing the importance of investing directly in Europe’s growing energy sector, especially offshore gas and oil in Cyprus.
Elsewhere, there is talk about unemployment but the existing fiscal strait-jacket is continuing. This is steady-as-she-goes stuff – Angela’s at the wheel!
I fear that Juncker will struggle to match Barroso in achievement. For me, Juncker, the designate leader of the European Commission is looking like a lame duck already. See separate blog.