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Jean-Claude draws a tear for his (perhaps) last European summit

(B2 at the European Council) The European summit which ended on Friday (October 18) in Brussels was the last Jean-Claude Juncker would attend as President of the European Commission. A page turned over a quarter of a century of his life, within the European institutions

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, during his press conference at the European Council, October 18, 2019 (credit: European Council)

« You will see that I would have been the only one to be able to say that I attended nearly 150 councils “slipped Jean-Claude Juncker, during the closing press conference of his” last peak ". Precisely, it was the 148th European Council he attended.

With these words, the President of the European Commission himself wished to leave a more personal note in his last European summit press conference. A visibly exhausted president, by a summit having him " very disappointed », on the outcome of the discussion on the enlargement of the European Union to North Macedonia and Albania, as well as on the multiannual financial framework.

Speaking directly to reporters, he alternated between laughter and tears. The laughs while greeting “ those who have [accompanied him] for centuries ". " I will remain proud until the end of my life to have been able to serve Europe “, he managed to conclude, in a barely stifled sob.

(Emmanuelle Stoesser)

NB: a summit which may not be the last if the House of Commons decides not to ratify the Brexit agreement. A summit could then be scheduled before October 31, the scheduled Brexit date. A date has already been brought forward: next Sunday, October 27.

Emmanuelle Stroesser

A journalist for magazines and the press, Emmanuelle specializes in humanitarian issues, development, asylum and migration and human rights.