Juncker: You Can't Put Trump on his Knees when you're Drunk

World | October 29, 2019, Tuesday // 15:22|  views


European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, who will step down in December, has commented on suspicions of alcoholism.

As head of EC Juncker has repeatedly been the focus of media and social networks for his informal style of communication with EU leaders - he often greets politicians with friendly tapping on the face. In addition, social media users repeatedly pay attention to Juncker's march to official events, as it did in 2018. Then the EC leader needed help to get on the podium and get off it, then leaving with uneven gait. On this basis Juncker was suspected of alcohol abuse, which the EC denied.
In particular, the committee linked the 2018 incident to a sciatica attack.

"Oh, I was very worried at the beginning. I am not interested in such statements now," Juncker said in an interview with German media group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland.

On this occasion, Juncker recalled his meeting with US President Donald Trump in July 2018, when he was able to reach an agreement to set up a working group to resolve trade disputes, remove trade barriers and remove mutual duties.

"You can't put Trump on his knees by going into the White House drunk. And many who have not been to the White House yet will not be if they are drunk all the time," Juncker said.

In the interview, Juncker also noted that he sees Europe's future only in unity.

"At the beginning of the 20th century, Europe represented 25% of the world population. At the end of the 21st century, it would be only 4%. I am nervous that there are demagogues and populists who are seriously stating that if Europe splits again, it's better. Nothing's going to get better, " Juncker said.

As expected, on 1 December Juncker will leave the post of head of the European Commission and will be replaced by German Ursula von der Layen.

The replacement of the EC head was due to take place on November 1, but since all EU commissioners were not appointed in time, Juncker will be the EC technical head for another month.

In an interview, he noted that he plans to write a book on Europe in the future and expressed hope that if it were decided to perpetuate his name in Brussels, he would not be called a dead end, but a "dream tower, on every floor of which there are dreams and they become reality one by one. "

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Tags: Jean Claude Juncker, alcohol abuse, sciatica, Donald Trump


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