Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Juncker to call on European Union to flex global muscle as United States retreats

Commission President Jean Claude Juncker during the State of the Union address last year Commission President Jean Claude Juncker during the State of the Union address last year
Patty Aguilar | 14 September, 2018, 14:28

As a year ago, we looked at the words he chose, and which ones he used the most.

He also delivered an olive branch to the United Kingdom saying that post-Brexit it "will never be an ordinary third country for us", while warning that the European Union would always "show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border".

He also called on the two legislators, the Parliament and the Council, to find a principle agreement on the EU budget after 2020, before the break of several months surrounding the european elections, the campaign to the composition of a new Commission.

It is part of the European Union plan to deepen ties with Africa to counter the growing influence of China.

A voluntary code of conduct on the removal of terrorist content had not been taken up widely enough and it was vital that those who failed to act to clean up their sites received a "big sting", King said in an interview with the Guardian.

In his annual state of the union address Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for 10,000 more border guards to tackle illegal immigration.

But he paved the way for chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to secure a deal with the British government, ensuring that the EU Commission will not "stand in the way".

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"We welcome the focus the Commission is bringing to this and we'll continue to engage closely with them, member states and law enforcement on this crucial issue", a Google spokesperson also said, noting that the company has been investing in spotting and tracking down pro-terror content.

Judgments from the European Court of Justice, he said, needed to be respected, and implemented by member states. "The EU is a community of law and respecting the rule of law and abiding by court decisions are not an option but obligation". "Patriotism is a virtue, nationalism is narrow-minded is a lie overwhelming and a poison wicked", he blasted.

Promoting economic development could reduce the incentives for Africans to seek a more prosperous life in Europe.

On climate change, in her view the biggest challenge of today, the Commission is "too timid", for example by not going far enough in the proposed long-term European Union budget and in the reform of the EU's agricultural policy.

"This solidarity must be provided by member states if they want to retain the Schengen area without internal borders".

"This is the stuff that needs to be done, and it will be all platforms in Europe, wherever they are based".

The Commission, he said, was proposing a new "alliance with Africa" that would lead to the creation of some ten million jobs.

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