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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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Protests due over 'secret' EU-US trade deal

Protests will be held across the country today against a 'secret' trade deal between the EU and the US that could threaten jobs and public services.

Hundreds of people are expected to march in London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Manchester, Cardiff, Nottingham and other areas.

Those opposed to it say the proposed deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), threatens increased privatisation of schools and the NHS, would cut food and environmental rules, and cost jobs.

Nick Dearden, director of the World Development Movement, said: "The deal would hand multinational companies unprecedented powers over life in this country."

Juncker 'wants the UK to stay in Europe'

Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted he will not try and block British efforts to regain powers from Brussels despite David Cameron's failed bid to prevent him becoming European Commission president.

Mr Juncker said any proposals from Westminster would be "taken under consideration" and stressed that he wants the UK to stay in the EU, the Daily Telegraph reports, citing a leaked recording.

David Cameron did not want Jean-Claude Juncker to be named European Commission president. Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman

He reportedly told MEPs at a Brussels meeting: "I would like Britain to stay as an active constructive member of the European Union. If Britain puts forward a proposal it will be taken under consideration.

"I don't want the EU without Britain. Britain is an essential element of policy making in Europe because the British are a common sense and down to earth people."

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