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Juncker heckled by Eurosceptics after being sworn in

The European Commission's newly-elected head Jean-Claude Juncker found himself heckled by Eurosceptics in the European Parliament. Mr Juncker told MEPs (in French): "The single currency protects Europe." He was subsequently heckled by some who deemed it "rubbish".

He accused Ukip leader Nigel Farage, a staunch opponent of the appointment, of "secretly" voting for the former leader of Luxembourg.

Mr Juncker addressed him (in French): "I'm led to believe that your Parliament will vote by a secret ballot. And I understand that, because Mr Farage wouldn't want his voters to discover he voted for me".

Juncker appointment a 'good sign for Europe's actions'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with the new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is a "very good sign" for Europe's ability to act, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after a meeting with leaders of south east European countries in Croatia.

Ms Merkel added: "I would like to congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as EU president with a clear result in the first round of voting [...] It will inspire us to resume the work with the European commission."

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Juncker: I will negotiate a fair deal with Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker denied being a federalist after being elected as European Commission President.

Mr Juncker told ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen that he did not want a "United States of Europe". He added: "I will negotiate with David Cameron and others, and will make a fair deal with him".

Hammond: I will not 'threaten' other EU members

New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has insisted he will not be "threatening" other EU states as the UK seeks to renegotiate its position in the bloc.

Mr Hammond is seen as a more eurosceptic voice than his predecessor, William Hague.

"I'm going to focus on making sure that we have a successful renegotiation with our European partners," he said.

"I don't think the way to enter a negotiation is to start issuing threats."

Nigel Farage: Juncker is 'ultimate Brussels insider'

Nigel Farage has called incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker the ultimate Brussels insider'.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted during a meeting with the European Parliament:

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Juncker calls for minimum wage across EU

Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he would work towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in each member state of the European Union.

The Designated European Commission President has been addressing European Parliament before a vote on his nomination to replace Jose Manuel Barroso as head of the European Commission.

Juncker previously said he favours each EU country setting a minimum wage as a proportion of its own median income, which varies enormously between Luxenbourg at the top and Romania and Bulgaria at the bottom.

European Parliament to vote on Juncker

Juncker has called for a €300 billion public-private investment programme to revive the European economy. Credit: PA Images

The European Parliament is to vote on Jean-Claude Juncker's nomination to replace Jose Manuel Barroso as head of the European Commission.

Juncker needs an absolute majority of 376 votes in the 751 seat Parliament to get the job.

The vote has been brought forward by a day to allow enough time before EU leaders meet in Brussels to decide on a package of other top EU jobs.

EU calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

The European Union said it is "in contact with the parties in the [Middle East] region" to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, Reuters reports.

The death toll in the week-long crisis has risen with at least 172 Palestinians killed, according to reports.

EU-US deal threat to 'hard-fought-for UK standards'

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: PA

A proposed deal that could threaten increased privatisation of schools and the NHS will blow apart the power of democratic decision-making, the leader of the Green Party has said, as protests are expected to erupt over the EU-US trade deal.

Natalie Bennett said: "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a huge threat to hard-fought-for standards for the quality and safety of our food, the sources of our energy, workers' rights, and our privacy".

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