Economist complains about the limited powers of the EU Commission

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The economist Guntram Wolff complained about the limited competences of the body after the EU Commission President's speech on the state of the EU.

"The migration issue in particular is really still so toxic in Europe that I am not sure how much the Commission can implement in the end," the director of the Bruegel think tank told Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday. "But I think, especially when it comes to racism, it is really important that the Commission President even mentioned this topic."

According to the economist, that did not happen in the speeches of the previous commission presidents. "The racism problem tended not to be perceived as a European problem, but rather as a task that member countries are grappling with." Wolff also welcomed the discussion on climate issues. “Climate change is real and is the big problem in our world. In this respect, it is right that the European Union is trying to make really strong progress there. ”What is missing in the speech on the subject is a specification of how this is to be achieved. "The 55 percent target is very welcome, 55 percent reduction by 2030. But in the speech it is presented as if it were a very simple matter and in the end we would all still benefit from it," said the economist. In fact, there will be losers and it will "not be easy socially".