Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Juncker chides European Union candidate Turkey, upbeat on Western Balkans

Juncker chides European Union candidate Turkey, upbeat on Western Balkans

With Britain due to leave the European Union in March 2019, Juncker vowed that the bloc would take on no new members in the short-term, and he dealt a blow to Turkey's hopes of joining Europe's rich club anytime soon.

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"Both sides settled on the date after discussions between senior officials in recognition that more time for consultation would give negotiators the flexibility to make progress in the September round", he said.

Following two days of debate, parliamentarians will decide late Monday whether - in principle - to incorporate all existing European Union law into the domestic British statute books when Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019. It isn't the future of Europe.

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Unemployment in Europe was at a nine-year low, he said, and the bloc was in the fifth year of an economic recovery that had finally reached every single member state.

"All I can say is thank God we're leaving because you've learned nothing from Brexit".

Juncker said the meeting should be held March 30 in the city of Sibiu, a picturesque city in Transylvania that was settled centuries ago by ethnic Germans from Luxembourg, Juncker's home country.

"We will regret [Brexit]", Mr Juncker said to the wider audience beyond the parliament, and I think [the British people] will regret it too.

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On future defence, it reads: "The UK has an important role in continuing this through innovation, research and collaboration".

"When I stood before you this time a year ago, I had a somewhat easier speech to give".

The EU also remains deeply divided by the migration crisis, with a fresh spike in arrivals in Italy from Libya adding to rifts over how to handle the biggest influx of refugees and migrants since World War II.

But Juncker will also speak on how to bring east and west together, as what used to be the courageous new frontier with post-communist Eastern Europe turns into a major faultline. Schengen, eurozone expansionHe said Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia should all finally become full members of the Schengen zone, which allows free movement of people and open borders between European countries.

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Having had a say in how the system is shaped, most analysts believe that Britain will remain part of the system, following a similar path to Norway, which has companies that participate in the scheme despite the country not being an European Union member.

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