JEAN Claude Juncker is the current President of the European Commission.
But he’s also a trained lawyer, a polymath, and the longest serving PM of any democratically elected head. Here’s what we know.
Jean-Claude Juncker is fluent in Luxembourgish, French, German, and English[/caption]
Who is Jean-Claude Juncker?
Jean-Claude Juncker is a politician from Luxembourg who is currently President of the European Commission.
Born in Redange in 1954, he studied at a Roman Catholic school in Belgium before returning to Luxembourg for his Baccalaureate.
He joined the Christian Social People’s Party in 1974 and studied Law at the University of Strasbourg before graduating with a Masters in Law in 1979.
He was sworn into the Luxembourg Bar Council in 1980 but he never practised as a lawyer.
After graduating he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary, before being promoted to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time in 1984.
It was as chairman at a number of meetings of the Council of the European Communities that his love of Europe and the union first emerged.
Shortly before the 1989 election Juncker was seriously injured in a road accident, spending two weeks in a coma.
However, he somehow recovered and returned to the chamber once again before being promoted to the Minister for Finance.
Before long he was elected as Prime Minister, gaining prominence within the EU for his key role in the Maastricht Treaty.
Jean-Claude Juncker is a politician from Luxembourg who is currently President of the European Commission[/caption]
How old is he?
Jean-Claude was born on December 9, 1954.
He married his wife, Christiane Frising, in 1974.
The couple have no children.
As well as his native Luxembourgish, he speaks French, German and English – and sometimes tweets in all of them.
Juncker was Luxembourg PM from 1995 to 2013[/caption]
When did he become President of the European Commission?
As Luxembourg PM, Juncker was the longest-serving head of any democratically elected national government, serving from 1995 to 2013.
Just months after that, Juncker was appointed President of the European Commission.
In May 2017, Mr Juncker faced awkward questions after it was claimed he was drunk during a United Nation’s peace summit in Geneva, Switzerland.
Diplomatic sources told The Sun at the time the EU Commission chief was “very visibly” drunk.
His current term expires in November 2019.
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What does he do as President of the European Commission?
Junker’s role is complex and involves a lot of giving guidance and attending important meetings.
One of his main roles is to give political guidance to the Commission, as well as calling and chairing meetings of the college of the Commissioners.
He also leads the Commission’s work in implementing EU policies and takes part in G7 meetings.
His job also involves him contributing to major debates both in the European Parliament and between EU governments in the Council of the European Union.
He has been a key player in Brexit negotiations in the recent years.
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