Juncker urges EU to assume stronger world role AFP, Strasbourg

Brexit'chaos in Britain will save the EU by deterring other countries from leaving the bloc senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt taunted today

Brexit'chaos in Britain will save the EU by deterring other countries from leaving the bloc senior MEP Guy Verhofstadt taunted today

The proposal still requires approval from the EU's Parliament and member states before it becomes law.

Juncker used his state of the European Union speech to the Strasbourg body to call for Europe to stand up for the global order in the face of "trade and currency wars", in a swipe at US President Donald Trump's "America First" approach.

There have also been achievements in foreign policy, with the European Union establishing itself as a global leader.

Miguel Arias CaƱete, the climate action and energy commissioner, said in June that the European Union would begin the process of upping the bloc's existing goal to reduce emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels.

Although Mr Juncker said he would not allow the United Kingdom to remain in any part of the single market, he said he did not want a hard border in Ireland.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech during a debate on The State of the European Union at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 12, 2018.

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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"The commission will resist any attack on the rule of law and we continue to be very concerned by the developments in some member states", he added. The new rules would make political parties and organizations liable for fines of up to 5% of their annual budget if they are found in violation of European Union privacy laws in an effort to influence the outcome of European Union elections.

As he begins a final year in office that will see Europeans elect a new EU legislature in May, the veteran former premier of Luxembourg noted his successful bid to talk Trump out of an immediate tariff war in July and highlighted new interest from China in working with Brussels to keep world trade flowing free.

He told the European Parliament in Strasbourg: "We hear many in this chamber tell voters that their concerns are unfounded, or that the way they have voted is nationalist or populist".

He also called for swifter decision-making by increasing voting by qualified majority in the Council, saying, "Europe is an economic giant, but also has to become a political one".

"To love Europe, is it love its nations". "Patriotism is a virtue, nationalism is narrow-minded is a lie overwhelming and a poison wicked", he blasted.

And at the next time when the clocks would normally change again - on October 27, 2019 - member states would decide whether they want to change the clocks. He branded such obstacles 'an unacceptable backward step in Europe'. "Thanks to the European Union efforts under the Juncker Commission, the Paris Agreement on climate change was signed and the deal with Iran was struck", Zlatev commented.

"It would create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in five years".

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