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Jean Claude Juncker urges European Union to assume stronger world role

14 September 2018, 02:24 | Glen Norman

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In March, the European Union issued new guidelines ordering faster content removal with the explicit threat of introducing legislation if actions weren't taken fast enough. As the world's third-largest emitter, Europe is under global pressure to hike its targets for 2030 and 2050, to match the Paris deal's stretch goal of holding the temperature rise to 1.5C. I share our Energy Commissioner's conclusions when it comes to our targets for reducing Carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

But there is still resistance from some member countries.

"We must become a greater global actor", the head of the European Union executive told lawmakers in French, before switching to English to add: "Yes we are global payers, but we have to be global players too". German chancellor Angela Merkel also expressed displeasure on ARD public television in August.

"We need to demonstrate that together, East, West, South, North, we can sow the seeds of a Europe that is more sovereign", again urged Mr. Juncker.

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What did Juncker say, and what did he emphasise?

Populist, nationalist and eurosceptic forces have gained ground in many countries, and the European parliamentary elections in May could well bring in more of Juncker's opponents to rock the boat just as he tries to consolidate what he sees as real successes in restoring forward momentum to the European project.

The Belgian MEP called on "all pro-Europeans to be united against alt-right and authoritarian tendencies" and said he wants measures to be tabled by the Commission to protect European elections from foreign meddling.

Juncker's legislative proposals will face scrutiny in Parliament and from member states, with some of the latter wary of a plan to scrap their veto over some areas of foreign policy in an effort to give the European Union a nimbler actor in global diplomacy.

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