Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Brussels plays down Juncker's drink problem, claims European Union boss suffered sciatica attack

President Trump threatens tariffs on EU-made vehicles Brussels plays down Juncker's drink problem, claims European Union boss suffered sciatica attack
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2018, 20:07

Jean-Claude Juncker is the leader of the European Commission.

Germany has a "very high level of confidence" in European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker despite the European Union leader's acute back pain, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.

Juncker was walking awkwardly and losing his balance ahead of the event, leading politicians, including the presidents of Finland and Ukraine and prime minister of the Netherlands, to offer their support to keep the 63-year-old upright.

"The president has himself publicly stated that this sciatica affects his ability to walk", he continued. "This was unfortunately the case on Wednesday night", the spokesperson said during the midday briefing.

Sciatica is a nerve condition that can cause severe leg and back pain.

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Trump, who is set to host European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Washington this month, repeated his line that the EU was treating the United States unfairly on trade, shutting out USA farmers. "He is taking medication and feels better".

'I think it's more than tasteless that some press tried to make insulting headlines by exploiting president Juncker's pain. "I think it's been a very effective way of negotiating, but I'm not negotiating, I just want fairness for the United States", he said.

Asked whether Mr Juncker had mixed painkillers and alcohol, Mr Schinas replied: "No he didn't - at least I am not aware of this happening". This is not the first time that Juncker has exhibited behaviour that indicates a drink problem.

He also teased the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, over his strongman reputation, greeting him jokingly as "dictator".

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