Juncker: ‘I fought hard for Greece two years ago’

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Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker said in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day that he “fought hard” in 2015 to pre­vent a Greek exit from the bloc’s com­mon cur­rency area out of fear it could un­ravel the euro. “If the Com­mis­sion had not en­sured that Greece was not ex­pelled from the eu­ro­zone in 2015, the bal­ance would be less good,” the EU’s chief ex­ec­u­tive said in a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view with Politico.

“At the time, I fought hard for the sta­bil­ity of the Eurogroup, in par­tic­u­lar for Greece [against the wishes of Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble]. If I hadn’t done that, the eu­ro­zone would have de­cayed,” said Juncker, who added that de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties it has faced, the EU is ready to cope with any prob­lems, in­clud­ing Brexit and Don­ald Trump.

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