Jean-Claude Juncker: Von der Leyen and I are ‘like the 2 popes’


Former European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned he and his successor, Ursula von der Leyen, had been “like the 2 popes within the Vatican.”

“On nearer consideration, I’m von der Leyen’s Ratzinger,” he mentioned, referring to Joseph Ratzinger, the previous Pope Benedict who resigned in 2013 and was changed by Pope Francis.

Giving an acceptance speech in Berlin on Thursday after receiving a lifetime achievement award, Juncker mentioned he nonetheless has an workplace within the Fee’s Berlaymont headquarters, which he dubbed an “architectural monster.”

“Ursula von der Leyen has an workplace on the 13th flooring … I at all times thought I used to be going to occupy it eternally. I’m sitting a few flooring additional down … we’re like the 2 popes within the Vatican,” Juncker joked.

Juncker mentioned he and von der Leyen “get alongside effectively” and that they “combat for a similar targets.” Requested if they’ve common catch-ups, he mentioned that again in December von der Leyen promised to go to him each week.

“It’s been an extended week,” he added.

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