EU's Juncker to stand down as Commission president at end of term

Jean-Claude Juncker, ruled out, once again, a second term as European Commission president, and called for a "more parliamentary system", in an interview with German radio Deutschlandfunk on Saturday.

The president of the European Commission expressed doubts that the EU could present a united front if Theresa May tried to sway the bloc state-by-state.

Jean-Claude Juncker has expressed doubts that European Union countries will be able to maintain a united front during Brexit negotiations. He said he would stand down when his term as president ends in 2019.

Juncker said he had wanted to give people hope in Europe again.

"The other 27 are not yet aware of this, but the Brits know very well how they can tackle it", he said.

Mr Juncker also said the United Kingdom could divide opinion among European Union leaders once Brexit negotiations begin.

Juncker, 62, a conservative former prime minister of Luxembourg, took office in November 2014 after a long spell at the helm of the Eurogroup, gathering ministers of countries which share the euro. "I will not compete again", he said.

"While we're negotiating with the British, we have to agree on the definitive visions for this continent if we want to avoid an apocalyptic mood", Juncker said.

Juncker is a member of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and previously served as Luxembourg's prime minister from 1995 until 2013.

  • Leroy Wright