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Juncker cryptic over EU Council ambitions
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Juncker cryptic over EU Council ambitions

29.09.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker refused to be drawn on whether he'll put himself forward for the role of EU Council President next year.

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker refused to be drawn on whether he'll put himself forward for the role of EU Council President next year.

In an interview with Belgian financial newspaper “L'Echo”, published on Saturday, it was reported that Juncker's name had been mentioned as a possible successor to the Belgian Herman van Rompuy to head up the Council. His cryptic response, however, suggests that his next step hinges on the outcome of Luxembourg's forthcoming elections.

“In 2004, I could have become president of the European Commission, but I promised Luxembourg voters not to leave the country if I was comfortably re-elected. I was more than comfortably re-elected and, even better, I was re-elected in 2009,” he was quoted as saying.

The next legislative elections scheduled for October 20 may be different, however. The elections were called following a crisis of confidence in the government related to control over the country's secret service activities.