Key architect of the modern European Union, Jacques Delors, has passed away at the age of 98, as confirmed by his daughter.

Delors, who served as the European Commission President from 1985 to 1995, played a crucial role in establishing the single market and laying the foundation for the euro.

Despite his contributions, he faced criticism in the UK for advocating European integration, famously expressed by The Sun’s headline “Up Yours, Delors.”

French President Emmanuel Macron praised Delors as a “statesman with a French destiny,” emphasizing his lasting impact on Europe.

Delors’ legacy includes the Schengen agreement and the Erasmus program. However, his vision of a federal Europe clashed with the views of British leaders like Margaret Thatcher.

Delors’ passing marks the end of an era, leaving behind a complex legacy of European unity and controversy. (Source: BBC)

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