Jean-Claude Juncker (born December 9, 1954) was prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. He was a member of the Christian Social People's Party, the largest political party in the country. A strong supporter of the European Union, Juncker was elected president of the European Commission in July 2014 and assumed that office in November 2014. Juncker was succeeded as prime minister by Xavier Bettel.
It was reported that Juncker took Brexit personally and, along with the other European elites, planned on taking revenge against the UK in the exit negotiations. Juncker later said that the UK would "soon regret" Brexit. In March 2017, Juncker indicated he would support the independence of U.S. states, in revenge of U.S. President Donald Trump's support for Brexit—something which showed either Juncker's ignorance of the difference between the EU and the U.S., or his support for a "United States of Europe." Nigel Farage called Juncker a "complete and total idiot" for those comments and that they cost him and the EU "whatever credibility it had in the USA."
Juncker supports extreme European integration, and regarding immigration, he stated that "Europe is not a fortress and must never become one." In November 2017, he stated that Europe has a "clear need" for African migrants and that Europe should do everything in its power to allow them to come. Juncker has criticized nationalism.
Juncker is a strong supporter of open borders, stating in August 2016 that "borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians." In 2018, Juncker commemorated Karl Marx's birthday in the latter's birth town, with Juncker defending Marx and unveiling a statue of him donated by China's communist government.
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