Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician who served as President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019. From 1995 to 2013 he was the 23rd Prime Minister of Luxembourg. Juncker studied at the University of Strasbourg, and immediately after graduating he was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary.
Juncker’s aide Martin Selmayr played a central role in his campaign and later during his presidency as his campaign director, head of the transition team and finally as his head of the cabinet.
The European Commission sets EU law, enacting policies set by European Parliament and the European Council. Juncker is the EU’s most powerful figure and will play a massive role in deciding what Britain is able to achieve at the negotiating table.
Jean Claude Junker is one of the most significant leaders in international politics and as President of the European Union holds tremendous influence not only in the EU but also on the fate of Britain after Brexit.
He appointed Barnier to his negotiating position. The president of the European Commission has said he would like Britain to rejoin the European Union after Brexit – using the little-known treaty clause “Article 49”. Mr Juncker has also endorsed a statement by European Council president Donald Tusk suggesting that Britain could still “change its mind” to leave, telling the British people that “our hearts are open to you”.
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