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Juncker: grab Brexit chance to forge a tighter EU

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By Alastair MacdonaldSTRASBOURG (Reuters) - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged European Union governments on Wednesday to use economic recovery and Brexit as springboards towards a closer union, built on an expanded euro zone and a pivotal role in world trade.In his annual State of the European Union speech, Juncker sketched out a vision of a post-2019 EU where some 30 countries would be using the euro, with an EU finance minister running key budgets to help states in trouble.Tax and welfare standards would converge and Europe, not the United States, would be the hub of a ...

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 23:57 IST