Jean-Claude Juncker calls for European Union to become 'global player'

Doris Richards
September 13, 2018

Nigel Farage at the European Parliament.

Tech firms said Wednesday that they support the EU's goal of rapidly removing all terrorist content from their services.

Without naming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Juncker blasted European Union leaders who sought to undermine democracy and the rule of law and rejected complaints from lawmakers that the Commission has been lenient toward Hungary, Poland and other eastern states.

Juncker, who was delivering his annual state of the union speech to the European Parliament said a framework will be set up to attract more investment into Africa.

"After 29 March 2019, the United Kingdom will never be an ordinary third country for us", he said.

The EU's executive arm said that in January alone, almost 7,000 items of propaganda were disseminated online from the Islamic State group, even as it has been driven out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. It is time Europe developed what I coined Weltpolitikfähigkeit - the capacity to play a role, as a union, in shaping global affairs.

Google, Facebook and Twitter must remove extremist content within an hour or face hefty fines, the European Commission's president has said.

The proposal would require technology companies to remove such content within an hour of it being flagged by the government.

Juncker said in his state of the union speech to the European Parliament: 'The European Commission is today proposing to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better protect our external borders with an additional 10,000 European border guards by 2020'.

He said the EU including the European Commission and all member states will "show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland" over the Irish border.

"This is why we want to find a creative solution that prevents a hard border in Northern Ireland".

Markets have been reacting increasingly nervously to Brexit news in recent weeks as the European Union and Britain have yet to reach a comprehensive agreement before Britain leaves on March 29, 2019.

"I welcome Prime Minister May's proposal to develop an ambitious new partnership for the future, after Brexit. No member state could've done that on its own".

"If you leave the Union, you are of course no longer part of our single market, and certainly not only in the parts of it you choose".

These comments would appear to pour cold water on the Theresa May's plan to keep Britain in the single market for goods after Brexit. "And Europe needs this partnership just as much", he said.

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