Europe

EU unveils new ideas to ensure unity as UK prepares to leave

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union's executive arm has unveiled new ideas to keep the bloc unified as Britain prepares to leave and rising far-right populism casts a shadow over the EU project.

The European Commission foresees five scenarios for Europe by 2025: to carry on as it has done; function as a single market only; do less but be more efficient; allow groups of member states to advance at their own pace; or do far more together.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that "it is the start of a process, not the end, and I hope that now an honest and wide-ranging debate will take place."

He wants EU leaders to discuss the so-called White Paper at their summit in Brussels on March 9-10.