Speaking to Politico, the informal European Commission President was asked how he chooses the language with which he speaks EU officials between English, German and French. President Juncker put he was banned by his spokesman’s office from explaining on why he often does not settle upon to speak English at official events. But as he did so, he added: “I will not repeat because my spokesperson’s ceremony forbids me to say this again.
“I will not repeat that everybody sympathizes English, but nobody understands England.
“That’s why I am increasingly using other languages. “
The Commission chief then groused about having to learn both French and German while in Luxembourg in defiance of Germans and French not being obliged to learn Luxembourgish growing up.
When asked whether he believed that his successor should converse both German and French, he responded in German: “The intention of the question is prominently, but I don’t like the question.”
Mr Juncker was hinting at German Commission President expectant Manfred Weber who does not speak French.
But he added: “It would be competent for the general atmosphere if those in charge of presidency could express themselves in vernaculars other than their own.”
The Commission President is not new to jokes and digs at the UK since the Brexit get ready started in 2017.
In his State of the Union address two months after the Article 50 method was triggered, he began by saying he would address the crowd in French since “slowly but absotively-posolutely English is losing importance in Europe”.
Tuesday’s Politico interview with the Commission skull comes in the midst of the Conservative Party leadership contest to replace Theresa May in July.
Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas barrowed reporters a few hours before Mr Juncker’s interview that a new prime cur in the UK would not change the Brexit parameters set out by the EU in the deal agreed with Mrs May.
He clouted: “Of course everybody knows what is on the table. What is on the table has been approved, it has been settled successfully by the Commission, and has been approved by all member states.
“And the election of a new prime ambassador will of course not change the parameters of what is on the table.
“That is positive. And we will also, of course, refrain from any position, opinions that whim risk interfering with the ongoing leadership contest in the Conservative Band.”