EU's Juncker eyes free trade pact with Africa


Responding to European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech, he said the EU's priority must be to win back voters' confidence ahead of next year's elections.

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

Juncker also said the European Union will always show "loyalty and solidarity" with Ireland on the issue of its border with Northern Ireland.

Rather than taking stock of the last four years, he said that he would once again lay out a number of proposals for the future insisting that while the European Union was not flawless, work would continue to make it a "little bit more ideal every day".

Juncker made no direct comment on Trump or USA policy but aides said the geopolitical situation he spoke of was a US retreat into what Juncker described elsewhere in the speech as "selfish unilateralism".

Still, there will be support in Africa for any overtures towards a more balanced, mutually respectful, relationship with Europe.

"You said Europe can not spend money we do not have, but see a multi-annual budget which demanding more money at a time when one of the largest net contributors is leaving".

"If you leave the union you are of course no longer part of our single market - and certainly not only in parts of it", he said.

He also called for swifter decision-making by increasing voting by qualified majority in the Council, saying, "Europe is an economic giant, but also has to become a political one". "Patriotism is a virtue, nationalism is narrow-minded is a lie overwhelming and a poison wicked", he blasted. "Unchecked nationalism is riddled with both poison and deceit". I love Europe still and shall do so forever.

The president of the Commission believes that the time is "critical" while the worldwide context has become more unpredictable with an american president Donald Trump who preaches protectionism and did not hesitate to withdraw from global agreements.

"Member States will have to put in place effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties for not complying with orders to remove online terrorist content", the commission said. "I mean they want to build their Euro state, regardless whether people want it or not". I am and remain against internal borders. He branded such obstacles 'an unacceptable backward step in Europe'. "We are out of time". "Ad-hoc solutions are not adequate, we need more solidarity and it must be organised".

The commission is also proposing the border force have greater powers to deport people classified as economic migrants who are fleeing poverty and seeking jobs.

In his speech today Juncker also called for a "new alliance" with Africa that would create millions of jobs and include a free trade deal. "We want to create a framework that brings new investment to Africa".