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