INTERVIEW/ Jean-Claude Juncker

Populists cannot destroy process of European integration


July 15, 2019

„The Brexit movement in Britain and the increasing popularity of right-wing parties in other European nations are all targeting the bureaucrats in the Brussels headquarters of the European Union.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was asked in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun to address the widespread dissatisfaction among Europeans who do not want to have their lives determined by EU bureaucrats.

He was asked to comment on the belief that those bureaucrats are an elite class whose main goal is to usurp the state sovereignty of member nations.

Juncker, who will step down this autumn, was also asked about the EU’s relationship with the United States and Japan.

Excerpts of the interview follow:“ (…)