Top Eurocrats have been warned European Union member states will not agree to further expansions of the bloc until key issues have been addressed in full. British MEP Steven Woolfe insisted failure in Brussels to help resolve youth unemployment or clarify their position on monetary harmonisation will have EU members resist more integration. Speaking to Euronews, Mr Woolfe said: "Not only have we just expanded dramatically over the last few years, but they are also still considering expanding into other European countries after not solving all the problems of unemployment for the youth, whether you’ve got a banking union across the European Union.
"They still expand without having solved the problem. Nobody is listening or learning from the past."
During his State of the Union address in September 2017, Jean-Claude Juncker s called for greater EU integration, including an EU president combining the role with that of the head of the European Council, as well as a eurozone finance minister, a Brussels intelligence agency, European anti-terrorism prosecutor and an agency to enforce labour standards.
Arch-Europhile MEP Guy Verhofstadt – who also serves as Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament – backed Mr Juncker’s calls for a more united EU in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.
Mr Vehofstadt, who is running to take over the leadership of the European Commission when Jean-Claude Juncker retires in October, reiterated he will seek to create a "stronger European Union' in his pitch for the top job.
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