Jean Claude Juncker


The European Commission chooses not to play Brexit games

2 August 2016 12:50

Jonathan Hill’s post-referendum resignation as the UK’s EU Commissioner was a deeply regrettable act. Even after the referendum, the UK…


Jean-Claude Juncker comes out fighting over Brexit

26 July 2016 8:00

Although Theresa May has repeatedly assured us that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, we’re still no closer to finding out what that actually…


The EU's Presidents must bear the blame for Brexit

27 June 2016 13:20

According to Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, the Brexit vote was David Cameron’s fault: ‘If someone complains…

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Britain was held hostage by the EU. We have escaped

26 June 2016 9:53

Just when you were beginning to wonder whether we have done the right thing, along comes Jean-Claude Juncker to remind…

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Viva Obama! Viva Fidel! Viva Jean-Claude Juncker!

24 March 2016 12:04

In Cuba, they are shouting: ‘¡Viva Obama! Viva Fidel!’ What a slogan. The FT headline ignorantly described this as a…


How the migrant crisis could get much worse

29 February 2016 18:43

Angela Merkel gave a defiant interview last night in which she defended her handling of the refugee crisis. She declared,…

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With an 18-point lead in the latest poll, momentum is with the EU ‘in’ campaign. 

29 January 2016 17:59

Why is David Cameron having such trouble persuading Jean-Claude Juncker to give in to his minimal demands for EU reform?…

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage attends a public meeting at the Liberty Stadium on October 23, 2015 in Swansea, Wales

Nigel Farage: after Paris, we need to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of Muslims in Britain

16 November 2015 15:34

Nigel Farage will tonight claim British Muslims are ‘conflicted’ in their loyalties to the UK, and there is a battle…

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker accused of saying that the UK doesn’t need the EU

14 October 2015 16:33

The ‘Out’ campaign in the EU referendum has seized on comments made by Jean-Claude Juncker where he appears to say…


Has Boris just set an impossible bar for Cameron’s EU renegotiation?

6 October 2015 14:51

Boris Johnson’s speech today was the best that I have ever heard him give. It was a potent cocktail of…


The Eurozone’s new strategy: hope for a Yes vote in Greece

29 June 2015 18:57

The question that will be on the ballot paper in Greece on Sunday is rather wordy, so European leaders have…

Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

Jean-Claude Juncker raises the stakes for the Greeks

29 June 2015 14:35

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has suggested that if Greece votes No in the referendum on whether to…

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Why David Cameron should take his time with the EU referendum

26 May 2015 13:23

Exhilarating, isn’t it? A referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the European Union is at hand. For the first time…

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Cameron’s EU charm offensive must seem genuine

26 May 2015 11:36

There is so little detail on David Cameron’s talks with Jean-Claude Juncker that it is almost outweighed by the briefing…

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Kindred spirits? Nigel Farage wants Jean-Claude Juncker as his drinking buddy

16 February 2015 13:50

Nigel Farage wrote in the Spectator of his struggle to complete Dry January, while Jean-Claude Juncker is reported to be partial to…


Juncker wants more UK money for the EU budget – he could check Luxembourg’s coffers

6 November 2014 10:55

By rights, Jean-Claude Juncker should be in dire political trouble this morning, not lecturing Britain about paying an extra £1.7…

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The cruel kernel of truth in Jean-Claude Juncker’s huffing and puffing

5 November 2014 16:53

David Cameron’s desire to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe means we’ll hear plenty of huffing and puffing from various bigwigs…

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Why the UK should should be subject to different rules on European migrants

23 October 2014 11:25

The rest of Europe has, predictably, reacted negatively to the suggestion that the UK should be able to impose some…

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the…

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Britain gets better European Commissioner job than expected

10 September 2014 11:23

Jean-Claude Juncker clearly appreciated that high-five David Cameron gave him in Brussels recently: he’s appointed Lord Hill to a sizeable economic…

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Boris Johnson’s European crusade to save the Tory party

3 August 2014 10:55

The Sunday Telegraph has news that Boris Johnson will give a speech next week in which he will throw his…


Janus-faced Juncker sets out his stall

15 July 2014 17:30

Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a speech to the European Parliament this morning. Its content was, from the British government’s perspective, provocative.…

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s biggest challenge: energy

11 July 2014 12:37

‘Energy is the single biggest issue facing Jean-Claude Juncker,’ remarked a seasoned Eurocrat to me earlier this week. Europe’s energy…

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Angela Merkel offers a sop to the poor old British

30 June 2014 17:28

The row over Jean-Claude Juncker was confected outrage which spectacularly failed to achieve what Cameron wanted. It was confected because the alternatives…

David Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call must have been as awkward as the afternoon tea scene in the Importance of Being Earnest. Picture: Carla Millar

The most awkward phone-call ever? Cameron congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker

29 June 2014 19:16

In an exchange so awkward it might rival Gwendolen and Cecily’s afternoon tea in The Importance of Being Earnest, David…