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Commission President Jean Claude Juncker during the State of the Union address last year

The European Commission president struck an upbeat tone on post-Brexit relations in his annual state of the union speech, saying the United Kingdom will "never be an ordinary third country for us". Furthermore, in today's world Europe can't have the reassurance that the commitments started in the past will still be respected in the future. (...) The geopolitical situation makes this Europe's hour: "the time for European sovereignty has come", Juncker said. His term, however, saw many overlapping crises rattle the continent, leaving the Luxembourger to face challenges related to terrorism, the refugee crisis, climate change, and the Greek euro crisis.

Mr Juncker delivered his fourth speech in Strasbourg this morning where his motto was "A Europe that protects" - a phrase coined by French President Emmanuel Macron and the same as the Austrian presidency of the Council.

"The fact that the Commission is proposing a Regulation, as opposed to a Directive, shows the seriousness of the issue".

Juncker insisted that no single member state could have created Galileo alone, saying: "Without Europe there would be no Galileo".

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On 12 September 2018, on the occasion of his State of the Union Address, President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Europeans rightly expect their Union to keep them safe". And we, Europeans need this partnership just as much, " Juncker said.

Under the legislation, the European Union would also require platforms to put in place automated systems to remove terrorist content, should it be proven that they are being manipulated by proscribed groups.

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"This is precisely the kind of thing that could get lost in the noise of the other, bigger Brexit issues to be resolved and while most people will laugh at the suggestion of such a time difference on the island of Ireland, it would not be amusing if it were to actually transpire".

"In general, we must do more to revive the lost art of compromise".

Juncker, in an hour-long speech punctuated by occasional applause by MEPs, called for the European Union to speak and act as one on a global stage, defend its democratic values and turn its back on poisonous nationalism. We continue to be very concerned by the developments in some of our Member States.

The EU's executive arm said that in January alone, almost 7,000 new pieces of propaganda disseminated online from the Islamic State group, even as it has been driven out of most of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

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