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  1. 16:40 German Chancellor wants to expand Juncker's refugee plan
  2. 16:01 Lawmakers review Juncker speech
  3. 15:00 Carl Bildt optimistic about Juncker address impact
  4. 13:56: Message to Moscow Lebanon's Daily Star
  5. "The security and borders of EU member states are untouchable. I want this to be understood very clearly in Moscow," Juncker told the European Parliament in his first State of the Union address.
  6. 13:47: This is war
  7. Juncker, as quoted by Channel 4: "We are fighting against Islamic State," he said. "Why are we not ready to accept those who are fleeing the Islamic State? We have to accept these people on European territory."
  8. 13:25 The big picture
  9. 11.40: Summing up: No big surprises from the speech, which as expected, focused heavily on the refugee crisis. The main takeaway is the Commission's proposals for a European Agenda on Migration. See below for details and links to full speech, also in French and German.
  10. 11.15: Nicolas Schmit, from the Luxembourg Presidency is now wrapping up on behalf of the Council of the European Union. Praises Juncker's speech, saying the EU needs to "step up to the plate" in such a "historic moment". Says he will help push Commission proposals on migration and the economy in the Council, mentioning for instance the digital single market.
  11. 11.12: Krisztina Morvai, a non-attached MEP calls on all "patriots" to unite. "We all have the same dream," she says, which is to "keep our roots, culture and traditions." Timid applauses by the Assembly. No one seems to be able to figure out what she actually meant.
  12. 11.09: Florian Philippot of the Front National also speaks about immigration, in similar terms to Farage. Stresses what he describes as the threat of "Islamisation" posed by the refugee crisis and asylum seekers.
  13. 11.08: UKIP's Nigel Farage now takes the floor for the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group (EFD). Majority of migrants are "economic migrants" who pose a risk of having "Jihadists on European soil", Farage says. British people "will vote to leave" the EU next year
  14. 11.07: Philippe Lamberts for the Greens is speaking now. More on migration: Lamberts calls for bringing down barriers to the EU's entry (a placard is placed in front of him which reads "solidarity with refugees"). Praises the Commission for announcing a proposal on legal migration. On climate change and energy, he calls for "ending the dictatorship of short-term profit".
  15. 11.58: Gabriele Zimmer now speaks on behalf of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL). Member states should take their responsibility in the refugee crisis and accept more asylum seekers, she claims. On Greece, "nationalist and small minded policy" needs to stop.
  16. 10.56: The migration crisis was created by "a lack of Europe" and lack of a legal migration system, he says, calling for a "Blue Card" like the Americans have the Green Card. "We need a new initiative at UN level to end the bloodshed in Syria".
  17. 10.53: Now Guy Verhofstadt takes the floor for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). No picking and choosing can be tolerated from the member states on the refugee crisis, he insists. "Our member states are reacting, they are not acting" in places like Calais or Budapest. "Such an attitude is disgraceful for Europe because it is not treating refugees in the right way".
  18. 10.50: Kamal defends Britain's plan to set up application centres for migrants foreign countries. Calls for end to sticking plasters, whether on migration or the economy.
  19. 10.45: Syad Kamall now takes the floor for the European Conservatives and Reformist group. "Some countries are unilaterally rewriting the rules," but common solutions must be sought instead -- whether on migration, or the economy. But telling countries what to do risk leading to more finger-pointing, he says. Because different countries can help in different ways.
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