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BRUSSELS – 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.