European commission president uses annual address to set out vision on how to expand the EU’s ‘clout’ on the world stage

The European Union must turn into a major sovereign power on the global stage making the world in its image, Jean-Claude Juncker has said, setting out plans to make Europe militarily and economically independent from its traditional US ally.

In his state of the union speech, entitled the Hour of European Sovereignty, the European commission president appealed to MEPs and heads of government to give the EU the powers and characteristics traditionally restricted to states.

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