Jean-Claude Juncker

Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1995-2013) and President of the European Commission (2014-2019)

Jean-Claude Juncker (born 9 December 1954) is a Luxembourgish politician and the leader of the Christian Social People's Party. He was the Prime Minister of Luxembourg until 4 December 2013, having succeeded Jacques Santer on 20 January 1995.

Jean-Claude Juncker in 2010

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 1997 and 2005, in his capacity as Prime Minister, he also served two six-month terms as President of the European Council. He was the President of the European Commission between 1 November 2014 and 1 December 2019.


  • 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.
  • 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).
    • On the bids on Arcelor by Mittal, 5 February 5, 2006 What they said about the Arcelor bid"; Business Times, Malaysia
  • The constitutional treaty was an easily understandable treaty. This is a simplified treaty which is very complicated."
On the Lisbon Treaty, 23 June 2007 EU leaders hammer out treaty deal. Swissinfo / NZZ (24 June 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-26..
  • 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.[1] (page 4 of the report).
  • 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.
  • Here comes the dictator.
    • Referring to Orban entering the room
  • We feel we need a Capital Market Union, Energy Union, Economic and Monetary Union but we also think we need security union
  • Thank you, have a nice day. I will now see the president of Azerbaijan, so the nice part of the day is over.
  • I have a lot of understanding for people skeptical about the EU. Because there are legitimate questions to the address about the European Union, including the Commission. You have to answer that. You have to talk to the Eurosceptic people. By the way, sometimes I am myself, I am not free from Euroscepticism sometimes. But I am not on the way to fundamental opposition.

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