Jacques Delors, the former EU executive and a key figure in the creation of the euro, passes away at the age of 98

Renowned French Politician Jacques Delors, Architect of the Eurozone, Passes Away at 98

Jacques Delors, the influential French politician known for shaping the European Union and laying the groundwork for the euro as a common currency, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98, as announced by his daughter.

In 1985, Delors assumed the role of president of the European Commission, and during his decade-long tenure, he played a vital role in driving the continent towards greater unity. Despite economic crises and political strife, he steadfastly advocated for European unity and oversaw the establishment of the euro as a common currency.

During his leadership, Delors steered the EU through challenging times, including the near bankruptcy of southern European nations like Spain and Italy. His commitment to keeping the union intact, especially in the face of pressure from some member states to abandon the less affluent countries, was instrumental in maintaining the EU’s cohesion.

In addition to his contributions to the euro, Delors’s term at the EU saw the adoption of the Schengen Zone, facilitating free movement between member states and promoting economic and social opportunities for individuals across Europe.

Denoting his vision for a strong and unified Europe, Delors also saw his retirement as an opportunity to continue advocating for European cooperation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged European leaders to work together and cautioned against the rising tide of nationalism, emphasizing the importance of unity to safeguard the EU’s future.

Following his passing, tributes poured in from European leaders, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praising Delors as a visionary whose work shaped generations of Europeans.

French President Emmanuel Macron also hailed Delors’s commitment and ideals, recognizing his significant contributions to the European Union and his lasting influence on European politics.

Jacques Delors leaves behind a legacy that has left an indelible mark on European politics and economics, with his daughter Martine Aubry, a prominent French politician, and former leader of the Socialist Party, continuing his legacy.

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