Juncker speech: EU Commission president savages May’s Brexit plan

Juncker speech: EU Commission president savages May’s Brexit plan

Juncker speech: EU Commission president savages May’s Brexit plan

He denied he was trying to turn the European Union into "a superpower".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday unveiled new plans to beef up the EU's coast guard and asylum agency to better police Europe's outside borders and speed the deportation of unauthorized migrants.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to propose today (12 September) a bigger role for the euro in worldwide markets and more efficient decision-making in EU foreign policy in his state of the union speech, European diplomats said.

Explaining his expansive vision, Juncker said the European Union should aim to surpass the dominance of the dollar in the world economy and challenge China in its attempts to become the ascendant influence in Africa.

"The geopolitical situation makes this Europe's hour: the time for European sovereignty has come", he said.

Juncker said in his State of the EU speech to the Strasbourg today as a wave of far-right and populist parties have gained a foothold in many European countries in response to increased immigration as a result of the "open doors" policy. I speak of these times not because I believe we are on the brink of another catastrophe, but because Europe is the guardian of peace. And we, Europeans need this partnership just as much, " Juncker said.

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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". "We are now inviting Member States and businesses to make the necessary preparations to ensure a coordinated approach across the European Union".

This will bring important benefits to European Union citizens. He said airlines should also buy planes priced in euros not dollars.

Regarding sanctions, one of Juncker's expected ideas was a proposal to abandon unanimity for renewing sanctions and to pass such decisions by a qualified majority instead.

Instead, he suggested that the European Union should move to a system of majority voting - comments which would cause concern among the Government here.

This, he said, was possible on the basis of the current Treaties and a forgotten "passerelle" clause of the Lisbon Treaty. He didn't mention Russian Federation a single time.

The European Union already has a series of deals with individual African countries, largely in North Africa, as well as additional economic partnerships with African blocs, such as the Southern African Development Community.

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