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Juncker and alcohol accusations: "That's enough now!"
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Juncker and alcohol accusations: "That's enough now!"

04.02.2014 From our online archive
Jean-Claude Juncker speaking to German TV channel ZDF on Monday reiterated that he has no problems with alcohol, reaffirming his desire to become president of the European Commission.

(ADW) Jean-Claude Juncker speaking to German TV channel ZDF on Monday reiterated that he has no problems with alcohol, reaffirming his desire to become president of the European Commission.

"I have no problems with drink, that's enough now!” he exclaimed. “Leave me alone with these accusations that are not true”, said Juncker firmly to the ZDF journalist, who referred to an article published in Der Spiegel last week.

In the article entitled "Achtung, Alkoholkontrolle !" ("Attention, breath test "), the weekly quoted unnamed sources who claim that the former Luxembourg Prime Minister has serious alcohol problems. According to Der Spiegel they were told by 'sources', that it was not unusual to see the current chairman of the CSV party, 'drink two gin and tonics and a beer at lunch'.

When asked on Monday whether any health problems could be an obstacle for him applying for the post of European Commission President, Juncker was adamant; "I have no health problems! What shocks me, and I find offensive, is having to constantly deal with rumours about me”.

"I am available as a candidate of the European People's Party in the European elections to become president , and I want to do it”, he added, having already stated in December that he would be available to succeed Barroso .

However, this is not the first time that hints of alcoholism accusations have been thrown at the former President of the Eurogroup. In January, the Eurogroup successor, Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, accused Juncker of being "a heavy smoker and a drinker" on Dutch television.

Juncker's responsive was swift and direct " I have no problems with alcohol and do not intend to respond to statements by Dijsselbloem”.