Jean-Claude Juncker


MOSCOW, may 8. /TASS/. The head of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker ironically explained why his native Luxembourg, whose government he led for 19 years from 1995 to 2013, still have not attacked Russia. The official spoke at the Academy of political studies in Bonn. Video of the speech posted on the official website of the EC.

“The defense is not the sphere, which is often the case, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, as our army has 771 people, including the Minister of defense. I always tell (Russian President Vladimir) Putin: do you know why Monaco is still not attacked Russia? It’s simple: we simply run out of places to put all prisoners of war”, – said Juncker.

European Commission President continued the theme of the extent of his homeland, talking about China: “I am 19 years was Prime Minister of Luxembourg and have always wondered large and small . One day at the talks in China, I said Chinese side: “Dear friends, think that China and Luxembourg together account for a third of all mankind – then you will know what you mean by big and small”.

Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe. The area of the Duchy is 2.59 thousands of square kilometers, a population of 107 thousand people. Juncker from 1984 to 1989 he held the post of Minister of labour of the country from 1989 to 1995 he headed the Ministry of Finance of the Duchy.