Looking Back, Looking Forward

Jacques Delors was President of the European Commission from 1985-95, helping to make this a period of extraordinary transformation in Europe. During his tenure the European Community became the European Union: a single market on its way to a common currency. More recently, the pace of change has slowed, even stalled. Delors, 81, hopes the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome will give member states new impetus in building the E.U. He spoke with Time about Europe's future, its tumultuous past and why it's still "the Continent of doubt."

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