21 February 2018

I'm against European Super-State - EU's Juncker

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President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that he was against a "European super-state." reports citing

"I am strictly against a European super-state,"… this is total nonsense," Juncker said at a news conference.

Speaking further, Junker noted that some members of the British political society were mistaken, thinking that he was a stupid and stubborn federalist.

"The European Union cannot be built against the European nations, so this is total nonsense," Juncker said.

The comment of the top EU politician comes amid a major Brexit speech, delivered by UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

During Brexit referendum campaign Johnson accused EU leaders, including Juncker, in an attempt to create a superstate "by different methods."

In his speech, the European Commission head also touched upon recent Turkey's actions in the Aegean Sea, following an incident between Turkish and Greek vessels.

"I am strictly against the behavior of Turkey," Juncker said when asked about his reaction to the incident.

The day before, the Greek Foreign Ministry said it had lodged a protest with Turkey following an incident near the disputed islets of Kardak, also known as Imia, in the Aegean Sea, where a Turkish boat collided with a Greek coastguard ship. Later in the day, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that the incident took place and claimed that Greece was responsible for the incident.

Late on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called on his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras to de-escalate tensions in the Aegean Sea.

2018.02.14 / 18:14
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