Meet “When it becomes serious, you have to lie” Juncker, Europe’s New Commission President

European federalist Jean-Claude Juncker is committed to further expanding the power of the European Union. His appointment is a clear signal that the European establishment is ready to ignore the EU-sceptic views expressed in May by a large swathe of the voting public.

Jean-Claude Juncker EC President, with predecessor José Manuel Barroso

Jean-Claude Juncker EC President, with predecessor José Manuel Barroso (Credit: European Commission)

As  Soeren Kern Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute notes:Juncker’s appointment as the supreme Eurocrat makes it all but certain that the European Union will seek to centralize even more power in the hands of an unaccountable elite”.

Here is a summary of just some of Juncker’s more injudicious remarks during a long career as a Brussels apparatchik:

“When it becomes serious, you have to lie.” — Jean-Claude Juncker.

“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.” — Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to bring attention to that?” — Jean-Claude Juncker.

“I am for secret, dark debates.” — Jean-Claude Juncker.


Juncker has been an unabashed advocate for expanding the powers of the EU. Critics say that the new system for naming the Commission president amounts to an “institutional coup” because it severs any remaining direct connection with the democratic process at the national level, Soren Kern adds, in a full analysis found here.

He is a gift to the Front’s Marine Le Pen, now vowing to boycott the Strasbourg ratification as her first act of protest. “I will not participate in a vote for the prison gaoler: I will try the escape the prison,” she said.
He is a gift too to the Five Star Movement of Italy’s Beppe Grillo, seizing on Mr Juncker as the face of the scorched-earth policies that have trapped Europe in a Lost Decade. “Wherever Juncker goes in Europe, the grass no longer grows,” he said – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Among the more infamous remarks of the new president of the European Commission — the powerful, bureaucratic arm of the European Union — was this one ahead of the French ‘No’ vote in 2005: “Commenting on the 2005 French referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, Juncker said: “If it’s a Yes, we will say ‘on we go,’ and if it’s a No we will say ‘we continue.'” He also said: “Those countries that vote No must vote again… to obtain the right answer.”

According to long-time Eurosceptic financial commentator, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: “Juncker is … life-threatening for France and Italy … The Cromwellian method by which Jean-Claude Juncker was foisted upon the nation states is a breach of the Treaties… The (anointment) clarifies the need for British withdrawal from the Union, or the withdrawal of France or any other country that wishes to remain self-governing under a rule of law…”

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