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France: Europe "should work towards common military force"- Juncker03:46

France: Europe "should work towards common military force"- Juncker

France, Strasbourg
September 14, 2016 at 10:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for more cooperation between the EU member states in his 'State of the Union' speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Juncker proposed that "we must have a European headquarters. We should work towards a common military force, and this should be in compliment with NATO," adding "in order to guarantee the solidarity of the European Union, the European defence industry should prove its innovation, and for this reason we are proposing by the end of the year the creation of a European Defence fund, to actively stimulate research and innovation in this area."

The European Commission President also called for more solidarity from European citizens regarding the refugee crisis, stating "I'm convinced, much more solidarity is needed." He directed his words to the Slovakian President Andrej Kiska, saying "I'm urging the Slovak presidency to breach the divergences and differences between those who are reluctant to integrate refugees in their societies, and those who are convinced, as I am that the fare share in the relocation and resettlement is of essence."

Leaders of the 27 EU countries will next meet for a summit without the UK participating, in Bratislava, Slovakia on September 16.

France: Europe "should work towards common military force"- Juncker03:46
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for more cooperation between the EU member states in his 'State of the Union' speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Juncker proposed that "we must have a European headquarters. We should work towards a common military force, and this should be in compliment with NATO," adding "in order to guarantee the solidarity of the European Union, the European defence industry should prove its innovation, and for this reason we are proposing by the end of the year the creation of a European Defence fund, to actively stimulate research and innovation in this area."

The European Commission President also called for more solidarity from European citizens regarding the refugee crisis, stating "I'm convinced, much more solidarity is needed." He directed his words to the Slovakian President Andrej Kiska, saying "I'm urging the Slovak presidency to breach the divergences and differences between those who are reluctant to integrate refugees in their societies, and those who are convinced, as I am that the fare share in the relocation and resettlement is of essence."

Leaders of the 27 EU countries will next meet for a summit without the UK participating, in Bratislava, Slovakia on September 16.

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