Juncker says Europe must speak with one voice

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 14, 2018

In the final State of the European Union address before the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he respected Britain's decision to leave the bloc and that the United Kingdom would never be "an ordinary third country".

One reporter covering Jean-Claude Juncker's keynote address said a "sudden" and "louder, deafening set of applause" came through the PA system, without members in the room "doing anything different".

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".

"With every new ship we can't be talking about ad-hoc solutions for the people on board", Juncker said.

"Some in Europe are happy with the agreement I reached with President Trump". The speech is a yearly fixture and is used by the president to take stock of the past year and present priorities for the year ahead.

"With vital elections next year, this is the eleventh hour for the EU". It is understood that countries outside the European Union, including Israel have shown an interest in emulating the proposals.

Juncker said Wednesday that "we have to do more so that our single currency can fully play its role on the worldwide stage".

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on the Europe to ditch unanimity and move to qualified majority when deciding on certain matters. Since the beginning of its mandate, the movements sovereignist and populist have grown and managed to dock to power in Poland or Hungary, in Italy and in Austria. "Patriotism is a virtue, nationalism is narrow-minded is a lie overwhelming and a poison wicked", he blasted. It is time Europe took its destiny into its own hands.

Until now, Brussels had pushed for the industry to regulate itself, but European Union officials have for more than a year given mixed reviews to firms like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google's YouTube.

How would the new proposals address the challenges of irregular migration?

Eight months before the elections, the Commission is also launching initiatives to prevent the threats of disinformation and manipulation, that have weighed on other elections major in the world.

The European Border and Coast Guard will recruit a standing corps of 10,000 operational staff by 2020, to facilitate more support for migrants on return and deliver stronger co-operation with non-EU countries, which is particularly vital at the European Union's external borders.

"And I think the pressure on Juncker and others from German and French businesses is massive to get something done".

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