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Juncker calls on EU to flex global muscle as U.S. retreats

Juncker calls on EU to flex global muscle as U.S. retreats

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.

"In the event of systematic failures to remove such content following removal orders, a service provider could face financial penalties of up to four percent of its global turnover for the last business year".

On the Irish border, Juncker said that member states would show solidarity with Ireland because the European Union was against a hard border.

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.

"We agree with the statement made in Chequers that the starting point for such a partnership should be a free trade area between the United Kingdom and the European Union".

"Juncker wants the European Union to punch above, not below, its weight", the official said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will say on Wednesday that Britain should not expect EU negotiators to soften demands as they try to conclude a Brexit divorce treaty but he will reaffirm an offer of a close future partnership, a senior EU official said. "It will not be the commission that will stand in the way of this".




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.

The proposal will need backing from the countries that make up the EU as well as the European Parliament and internet platforms will be required to develop new tools to police content. "Article 7 must be applied whenever the rule of law is threatened", he said. We continue to be very concerned by the developments in some of our Member States.

The vision involves what he calls a "continent-to-continent" free-trade agreement. I stick with the opinion that it was a correct decision after the fall of communism.

To love Europe is to love its nations. "To love your nation is to love Europe", Juncker declared as he reached his conclusion, warning against nationalism. "I mean they want to build their Euro state, regardless whether people want it or not".

"The commission is expected to propose that, in spring 2021, we switch to summertime and leave the clocks there for good".

The Commission, he said, was proposing a new "alliance with Africa" that would lead to the creation of some ten million jobs.


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