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Was Jean-Claude Juncker drunk - or was it sciatica?

JunckerBrusselsJean-Claude Juncker was stumbling, walking awkwardly, swaying and losing his balance as he made his way to a gala dinner in Brussels on Wednesday.

The European Commission President was attending the dinner at the NATO summit in Brussels, attended by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders.

Portugal’s PM, António Costa, was at Juncker’s side to help steady the tottering president as he swayed. The presidents of Finland and Ukraine also helped to keep the 63-year-old in an upright position, as did the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.

Footage from the summit shows Juncker struggling to make it up some steps and being held by the arm, sometimes by two people, nearly falling backwards at one point.  

Juncker looked worryingly precarious as he made his way off a podium and nearly falling over backwards as he is led away by the arm. 

Juncker, renowned for his excessive alcohol consumption, previously has stated that he suffers from sciatica that sometimes affects his movements. 

Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, said that Juncker had complained of back pain.

'He doesn't have a serious health problem as far as I am aware of but he does have a back problem for some time,' said the Dutch PM, 'It is a problem in a sense that he sometimes has these pain attacks.'

Concerningly, Juncker's office declined to comment on the state of the EC President’s health, citing privacy issues when it is plain to see that Juncker either was suffering from a surfeit of hospitality, or indeed has a back problem that impeded his movement and balance. 

Krystyna Pawlowicz, a Polish MP from the ruling Eurosceptic PiS party, wrote a letter in March 2017 to Jean-Claude Juncker, accusing him of “alcohol dependency”.

She also called “distasteful” the fact that Juncker apparently took a nap in the Vatican during the celebration of the EU’s 60th anniversary.

The MP claims that the Commission president’s behaviour “discredits the citizens of the EU member states” and “offends them”.

In light of current media speculation that the EC President was drunk on duty, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas decided to clarify the situation even though Juncker's office had earlier declined to comment on the incident,

“The president on Wednesday night suffered from a very particularly painful attack of sciatica accompanied by cramps. The president has himself publicly stated that this sciatica affects his ability to walk. That was unfortunately the case on Wednesday night. The president wishes to thank publicly Prime Ministers Mark Rutte and António Costa for assisting him during this painful moment. He is taking medication and feels better,” Schinas told a daily briefing of journalists.

 

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https://news.sky.com/story/eu-denies-insulting-claim-jean-claude-juncker-was-drunk-at-nato-summit-11435933

Comments  

+3 #20 A.Miranda 2018-07-17 08:58
Why didn't the responsible for sevurity call medical aid? Whatever the reason was he was clearly not in conditions to participate in anything and needed medical care.
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+3 #19 Van der Valk 2018-07-16 14:14
One story in the Netherlands papers trying to explain Juncker's grinning is that our PM Rutte only got involved when he heard Portuguese PM Costa apparently saying something to Juncker
like "I'll support your structure now but you support us with more structural funds later"
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+3 #18 Poor Portugesa 2018-07-16 09:22
Thank you again Ed! Your readers have also brought to light the MANY disservices which this unelected head of the unelected Commission has wrought on our Union, bothering to mention the many SELF-services. :cry:
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+4 #17 Verjinie 2018-07-16 09:19
So many enlightening comments - for agreeing with most! But where was his walking-stick? When I have a sciatic attack (and also, like him, back pain), WALKING is NOT an option... :-?
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-7 #16 Darcy 2018-07-15 15:47
When Jean Claude Juncker visited the Primenister in London 4 months ago, thers were no protesters, like Donald Trump's visit received.
My advice to people who do not like Jean Claude Juncker, would be to go live in Britain around March 2019.
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+11 #15 Realist 2018-07-15 11:55
Quoting Darcy:
The difference between Jean Claude Juncker and Donald Trump, Is that Donald Trump is a racist, a misogynistic, a sexist, he has no respect for women and he has no respect for the opinion of other's. Jean Claude Juncker is, in my opinion, none of the above.


I'd rather have a tea total Trump in charge of the nuclear bomb button, than Junkers with his "sciatica" problem. :-*
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+9 #14 Terry Johns 2018-07-15 11:17
Quoting T.Leão:
Why didn't someone just call emergency aid to take him to some medical care... whatever the cause was, he clearly could not be participating in any gathering. Not doing that provoked a very innapropriate situation with consequences for him and for the credibility of EU. Being solidary and holding him upright was not enough...


Why didn't they just breathalyse him ?
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+11 #13 Brandon 2018-07-15 11:15
Quoting Darcy:
The difference between Jean Claude Juncker and Donald Trump, Is that Donald Trump is a racist, a misogynistic, a sexist, he has no respect for women and he has no respect for the opinion of other's. Jean Claude Juncker is, in my opinion, none of the above.


To have such a confirmed opinion of both men you obviously must know them both very well, or could it be that you just another gullible pleb who believes everything they see or read in the media.
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+12 #12 chez 2018-07-15 10:56
Quoting T.Leão:
Why didn't someone just call emergency aid to take him to some medical care... whatever the cause was, he clearly could not be participating in any gathering. Not doing that provoked a very innapropriate situation with consequences for him and for the credibility of EU. Being solidary and holding him upright was not enough...


Because they knew he was pi**ed!
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+13 #11 Steve.O 2018-07-15 10:48
Juncker and his puppet controller's hatred today of the UK quite likely stems from us Brits being the first to go public on the common knowledge that he had a drinking problem when he was campaigning to be 'appointed / annointed' by the French and Germans. Being net contributors and with no thought then of Brexit we thought we had far less to lose by making clear he was so unsuitable. Now it is payback time by this s**t and his puppeteers.
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