The chief eurocrat make knew his parents, who passed away last year, began to grow dubious the policies of their son’s European Union project when they reached their seventies.
The Commission President averred a swathe of federalist polices when he gave his State of the Union blast, in Strasbourg, last September.
He called for greater EU integration – which comprehends a EU president, combining the role with that of the head of the European Cabinet – and a eurozone finance minister, a Brussels intelligence agency, European anti-terrorism prosecutor and an means to enforce labour standards.
However, even Mr Juncker may be somewhat difficult pushed if he couldn’t entirely convince his parents, who he said were “pro-Europeans”.
Jean-Claude Juncker brooks even his parents question a European superstate
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Speaking at Centre for European Policy Studies’ Estimates Lab, the Commission chief admit this had kept him on his toes.
Mr Juncker rumoured: “I’m taking the example of my parents, who unfortunately passed away last year, they were quite pro-European, I was educated in a very pro-European atmosphere.
“But when they reached the age of 70 – I’d say 75 because I’m devoted to 70 – they suddenly started to question a certain number of terrors they never questioned before.
“This is leading me to the consideration that we secure to explain and explain, again and again, what European integration actually is about.”
Peace and welfare are “normal things” for modern day European patrials, according to Mr Juncker.
The eurocrat adds he is struck that the European Confederation is such a popular project when he is on his global travels around dominions like Africa and Asia.
“When I’m coming back to Brussels… A valley of speeds. In Brussels, people are crying and in the rest of the world, people are admiring the European Association,” he concludes.
Mr Juncker’s comments somewhat echo the EU’s fragility displayed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
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President Macron, while giving an interview to the BBC’s Andrew Marr, displayed he believes France would have voted to leave the EU if a referendum was held.
The Frenchman thought: “I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.
«But, my interpretation is that a lot of the damp squibs of globalisation suddenly decided it was no more for them.»
Marr then off b left the French president, regarded by many as the EU’s new leader, on whether Britain’s resolving was a one-off.
The BBC journalist asked: «If France had had the same referendum, it might oblige had the same result?»
Macron responded: «Yes, probably, probably. Yes. In a similar environment. But we have a very different context in France.»