Jean-Claude Juncker (born 9 December 1954) is a Luxembourgish politician, the leader of the Christian Social People's Party. He was the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, having succeeded Jacques Santer on 20 January 1995, serving until 4 December 2013. He is the longest standing head of government with undisputed democratic credentials in the world.
He was Luxembourg's Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009. He has been President of the Euro Group since the creation of a semi-permanent position in 2005. In his capacity of Prime Minister, he also served two six-month terms as President of the European Council, in 1997 and 2005. He is the President of the European Commission since 1 November 2014.
- If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue'.
- I am determined, as is the Government, to do everything to preserve everything that we have worked for and that we believe in … by using all necessary means to fend off the hostile (bid).
- The constitutional treaty was an easily understandable treaty. This is a simplified treaty which is very complicated."
- I am astonished at those who are afraid of the people: one can always explain that what is in the interest of Europe is in the interests of our countries."
"Britain is different. Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?"
"There is a single legal personality for the EU, the primacy of European law, a new architecture for foreign and security policy, there is an enormous extension in the fields of the EU's powers, there is Charter of Fundamental Rights.
- We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it.
- When talking about economic reforms..
- Monetary policy is a serious issue. We should discuss this in secret, in the Eurogroup [...] I'm ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious [...] I am for secret, dark debates.
- I don't think Spain will need any kind of external support.
- Jean-Claude Juncker, 17 April 2012. Eurogroup chief: Not if, but when for Spanish bailout, experts believe, Reuters, 18 April 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- We decide on something, leave it lying around and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don't understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back.
- When it becomes serious, you have to lie.
- Jean-Claude Juncker, 'Paris, Berlin look to shake up euro zone leadership' (31 May 2013).
- There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties
- Originial quote in french: Il ne peut y avoir de choix démocratique contre les traités européens…
- Jean-Claude Juncker, 'Greece: The dangerous game' (1 February 2015), from a french newspaper Le Figaro Jean-Claude Juncker : «Pas question de supprimer la dette grecque» (28 January 2015)
- We feel we need a Capital Market Union, Energy Union, Economic and Monetary Union but we also think we need security union
23 March, 2016. The day after Brussels terrorist Attacks.
Quotes on Jean-Claude Juncker
- I was going to say he's a piece of work, but that might not translate too well. Is that all right, if I call you a 'piece of work'?