The president of the European Commission said on Wednesday he saw no prospect of Turkey joining the EU in "the foreseeable future" but he had a more optimistic message for six Western Balkan nations also seeking membership.
United Kingdom lawmakers who vote against the government's bill to facilitate withdrawing from the European Union on Monday will risk a chaotic exit process affecting citizens and businesses alike, Brexit Secretary David Davis warned.
He did not give more details of the new tasks the EMF could take on, saying only the Commission would make a proposal on that, as well as the prerogatives of a European finance minister, on December 7.
In his state of the union speech in Strasbourg, Mr Juncker proposed an EU summit on the day after Brexit, 30 March 2019, in the Romanian city of Sibiu to map out the future of the European Union.
Juncker's said he "rules out European Union membership for Turkey in the foreseeable future", saying that "in the case of all accession countries, the rule of law, justice and fundamental values have top priority in the negotiations".
"Now that depends particularly on long distance ocean going shipping to carry those goods and also it gives us a great opportunity to export the maritime sector in terms of the, actually very large, marine manufacturing industry and also in terms of the maritime services which we offer and where Britain's already a world leader".
As one who still believes in that ideal, I can only say: we are not amused.
"Brexit is not the future of Europe".
The EU wants to snuff out centrifugal forces that have weakened since they propelled the Brexit vote and rattled Europe's mainstream political parties in 2016.
"When I stood before you this time a year ago, I had a somewhat easier speech to give".
Mr Juncker said the European Commission would open free-trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand and aim to conclude talks with Mexico and South America trading bloc Mercosur by the end of the year.
He also proposed an European Union framework to screen foreign investments in Europe when concerns arise about unfair competition, particularly in strategic industries.
With all European Union countries finally recording growth after the traumas of the eurozone debt crisis, and unemployment at pre-crisis lows, Juncker is set to turn to the question of how bloc pushes forward with what officials called the "change in the wind".
But Juncker will also speak on how to bring east and west together, as what used to be the courageous new frontier with post-communist Eastern Europe turns into a major faultline.