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1/13/16

Obama and Juncker’s State of the Union: a tale of two styles

The State of the Union speech has been a regular feature in the US political calendar since George Washington addressed Congress in 1790. The practice has been copied in Europe; the President of the European Commission has given an annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament every year since 2010.

But how does the European version compare to its longer-established American counterpart? In many ways it is like comparing chalk and cheese in terms of style, but some of the differences are worth noting. We have taken Obama’s last SOTU speech and that given by Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg last September to compare the two mens’ styles.

You can find the full text of Obama’s speech here and Juncker’s here

Read more: Obama and Juncker’s State of the Union: a tale of two styles | euronews, world news

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