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EU's Juncker offers carrot and stick to eastern states

Reuters  |  STRASBOURG 

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told the EU's eastern states on Wednesday he would fight for equal rights for their consumers, but their workers would not be allowed to unfairly undercut those in western members.Juncker extended an olive branch to the eurosceptic governments in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in his annual speech on the state of the European Union, where east-west divisions have driven a painful wedge."East to west: Europe must breathe with both lungs. Otherwise our continent will struggle for air," Junker said."In a union ...

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 16:58 IST