EU's Juncker eyes Africa free trade pact

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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday threw his weight behind a politically contentious push to raise the EU's emissions reduction goal, without spelling out the details.

And he'll poke global locations to present up their national vetoes in some areas of worldwide policy.

"We will always be a global payer but it is time we started being a global player too", President Juncker told Members of European Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg for their first plenary session since the summer break.

The MEP explained: "The parliament's working group met to discuss the results of the consultation and we have been informed that tomorrow (Tuesday) the European Commission will come forward with its legislative proposal to finally get rid of the clock change".


Juncker highlighted the difference between enlightened patriotism and unhealthy nationalism.

To love Europe is to love its nations.

Juncker's State of the European Union address to the Strasbourg body will be the last before May elections that will pit Europe's rising populist forces against his centrist supporters - but aides insist it will not be his swansong. Juncker said he respected Britain's choice to leave, but undermined a key part of prime minister Theresa May's plan to quit the bloc, warning London it can not expect to selectively remain in parts of the single market. Google and Facebook both said they have invested heavily in using artificial intelligence tools to flag potential terrorist content, and at times to remove it automatically-particularly in the case of content that had been previously removed. I love Europe still and shall do so forever.

Poland, which has broken ranks by suggesting in a closed-door meeting of the remaining 27 European Union states that they may have to pick between a tough stance on Ireland and having any deal with Britain, also sent a positive signal to London. I am and remain against internal borders.


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

"I call on the Austrian Council Presidency to make decisive steps so that we have proper solutions for a balanced reform of the asylum system". "We are out of time".

"Today we are proposing a new alliance between Europe and Africa, an alliance for investment and sustainable jobs".

"We want to build a new partnership with Africa".


Indeed Mr Juncker, pointing out that by 2050 a quarter of the world's population would be African, sketched out a plan, or an aspiration, to create up to 10 million jobs in Africa in the next five years alone.

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