EC President Juncker defends system against French calls for reform

DW – February 14, 2018

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker used strong language to push back on comments made earlier in the day by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

“Some in British political society are against the truth, pretending that I am a stupid, stubborn federalist, that I am in favor of a European super-state,” Juncker told a news conference in Brussels. “I am strictly against a European super-state. We are not the United States of America … This is total nonsense.”

Speaking in London, Johnson had said: “The process of integration has deepened and the corpus of EU law has grown ever vaster and intricate, and ever more powers and competencies have been handed to the EU institutions.”

Juncker also pushed back against proposals from the French president for a new election system for the EU. He said there was not enough time to implement transnational voting lists for European Parliament elections in 2019, a proposal the EU parliament voted down last week.