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Juncker wants bigger EU, elected EU president; says EU “superstate” claims “total nonsense”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker looks on before addressing the European Parliament during a debate on The State of the European Union in Strasbourg

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg, France, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, dismissed claims that he wants to build a European “superstate,” calling the claims nonsense right after giving a speech in which he calls for a bigger EU and an elected president of the EU.

Speaking to reporters, Juncker said some Britons viewed him as a “stupid, stubborn federalist,” the BBC reported.

Juncker was responding to a speech regarding Brexit by UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who said the European Union aimed to create an “overarching European state,” claiming integration was deepening.

“British politicians, Labour and Tory, have always found that ambition very difficult,” Johnson said. “It is hard to make it cohere with our particular traditions of independent parliamentary and legal systems that go back centuries.”

When Juncker was asked about the Johnson’s remarks he replied: “Some in the British political society are against the truth, pretending that I am a stupid, stubborn federalist, that I am in favour of a European superstate.”

“I am strictly against a European superstate. We are not the United States of America, we are the European Union, which is a rich body because we have these 27, or 28, nations,” Juncker said. “The European Union cannot be built against the European nations, so this is total nonsense.”

(Crusader Journal Staff)

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