Applause as Jean-Claude Juncker tells United Kingdom 'you can't pick and choose'

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

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

He told MEPs: "The European Commission, this parliament and all other 26 member states will always show loyalty and solidarity with Ireland when it comes to the Irish border".

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. "I would like us to reject unhealthy nationalism and embrace enlightened patriotism", Juncker said.

The EU "can, if she wants to, if it speaks with a single voice, and impose it on others", was launched in Luxembourg in the opening of a speech of about one hour, vibrating plea in favour of the "european sovereignty".

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Pointing to questions in many countries over Washington's role as the global economic leader, Juncker may also say the euro should be better promoted as a world currency, querying why European Union energy imports, for example, are mostly priced in dollars when nearly none of them come from the United States.

"In order to stand on its own two feet Europe and nations must move forward by one. Unchecked nationalism is riddled with both poison and deceit", he said.

"Arrivals have been drastically reduced - down 97 percent in the Eastern Mediterranean and 80 percent in the Central Mediterranean", the European Commission president said, adding, "EU operations have helped rescue over 690,000 people at sea since 2015".

"Some in Europe are happy with the agreement I reached with President Trump".

And at the next time when the clocks would normally change again - on October 27, 2019 - member states would decide whether they want to change the clocks.

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The proposal still requires approval from the EU's Parliament and member states before it becomes law. Where they now exist, they must be removed. He branded such obstacles 'an unacceptable backward step in Europe'.

"Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnerships".

On climate change, in her view the biggest challenge of today, the Commission is "too timid", for example by not going far enough in the proposed long-term European Union budget and in the reform of the EU's agricultural policy.

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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