Juncker says Europe ‘needs to be loved’

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President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the annual State of The European Union speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Juncker says Europe ‘needs to be loved’


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While giving his last plenary speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe needs more affection from those who live in the bloc.

“Europe has to be loved,” said Juncker in Strasbourg on Wednesday. “If you do not love it, you are not capable of love. I love Europe, long live Europe!” said Juncker, whose mandate officially ends on 31 October, a day after the last six-month Brexit extension is due. ”

With a heavy heart I see some colleagues withdraw from politics or from parliament,” said Juncker, who had decided against another term two years ago. “I really enjoyed working here with you, learned a lot, argued a lot. But we also did a lot.“

Over the past five years, 350 legislative proposals originating from Juncker’s European Commission have been implemented , including important improvements in everyday life, but Juncker said he regretted that ihis Commission was not able to find a solution to the bloc’s still unsolved asylum policy for migrants..

“Brexit is important, but the daily lives of citizens are even more important,” said Juncker.

A new European Parliament will be elected on 23 May-26 May. Leaked projections by the internal European Parliament polls show that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will be the biggest winner from the vote with 28 MEPs added to the next EU plenary.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Conservatives are projected to win 17 seats and five each for the Liberal Democrats and the Greens. 11 seats are projected to new parties, including Ukip, the pro-Brexit party of Nigel Farage, and the anti-Brexit Independent Group.

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