‘We’ve lost our libido’: Jean-Claude Juncker says Europeans have fallen out of love with each other

Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europeans have ‘lost their collective libido’ for each other and that Brexit was the ‘logical outcome’ of Britain having always ‘reviled’ the EU as he sought to explain the dangers facing the bloc.  

Mr Juncker, 64, who is set to leave his role as president of the European Commission in November, was speaking a few days before a leaders’ summit on the future of the bloc in the Romanian city of Sibiu.

He told German newspaper Handelsblatt: ‘We have lost our collective libido … Five or six years after the second world war there was one.

Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europeans have 'lost their collective libido' for each other and that Brexit was the 'logical outcome' of Britain having always 'reviled' the EU as he sought to explain the dangers facing the bloc

Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europeans have 'lost their collective libido' for each other and that Brexit was the 'logical outcome' of Britain having always 'reviled' the EU as he sought to explain the dangers facing the bloc

Jean-Claude Juncker said that Europeans have ‘lost their collective libido’ for each other and that Brexit was the ‘logical outcome’ of Britain having always ‘reviled’ the EU as he sought to explain the dangers facing the bloc

‘Yet these days it should be much easier for Europeans to fall in love with each other than it was in 1952,’ he added in the light-hearted analysis. 

On Brexit, Mr Juncker insisted that Britain’s departure from the EU was a result of the country being ‘peppered’ with the message that it does not belong in the bloc and as he took aim at the weakness of ‘British democracy’. 

He said: ‘Brexit is a special case. If you pepper a nation for 40 years with the message that it doesn’t actually belong in the EU, then the decision to leave is the logical outcome. The bride was systematically reviled and then rejected.’ 

‘The European commission is doing its best, but it cannot solve every problem,’ he added.  

On Brexit, Mr Juncker insisted that Britain's departure from the EU was a result of the country being 'peppered' with the message that it does not belong in the bloc and took aim at the weakness of 'British democracy'

On Brexit, Mr Juncker insisted that Britain's departure from the EU was a result of the country being 'peppered' with the message that it does not belong in the bloc and took aim at the weakness of 'British democracy'

On Brexit, Mr Juncker insisted that Britain’s departure from the EU was a result of the country being ‘peppered’ with the message that it does not belong in the bloc and took aim at the weakness of ‘British democracy’

‘The commission cannot compensate for the weaknesses of the national governments and democracies in Europe. Look at the United Kingdom. 

‘The fact that the government and the opposition there only started to talk to each other three years after the Brexit referendum is hardly a sign of strength for the British democracy, he added. 

The former prime minister of Luxembourg went on to defend his leadership of the European Commission and said that it no longer got involved in ‘every tiny detail’ of citizens’ lives.    

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