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

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.