JUNCKER: AN UNREPETEABLE COMMISSIONER
The Europe-wide known Juncktank float, on an archive photo from the last Commission Elections' campaign
If there's something we will miss after the new Commission is formed, that's Jean-Claude Juncker, and we are already starting to miss him: there's no campaign, no gadgets, no rallies, nothing. Just a few things that were released during his term as Commissioner, or the gorgeous Junckalendar, which ran out of existances in Spain in just 2 hours, and it's being sold all around Europe. Juncker is and will always be remembered, not just for his achievements on the Commission or even managing to win the election twice, defeating Edmund Winston (about who we have asked him); but also remembered as the guy who did know how to laugh of himself, make jokes and more importantly, that never stopped saying the same: "Diplomacy first".
Hux Stevens: Mr. Juncker, thank you for receiving us in your office.
Jean-Claude Juncker: The pleasure is mine.
HS: Will you miss this office when they tell you to leave it?
JCJ: I won't miss it, (He laughs) but it will be weird to wake up the next morning, at the same time to get dressed, have breakfast and leave to this very office, and realize that I'm no longer the Internal Affairs Commissioner. I'll miss the views, the great team that has worked for me during these months, the hospitality of those who helped me during these months, but if there's something I won't miss, that is the hard work I have been doing for 8 months with pleasure and happiness. It is sometimes tiring.
HS: Are you still having nightmares with the Eastern Haane's war?´
JCJ: Sadly, yes. I have seen lots of videos, lots of photos about what happened there, because it was my job, but also my responsability. There are some scaring photos whoch weren't public because it would have been traumatic for many. I didn't like the Reitzic intervention, and many of the photos I have and are still kept are from those bloody days when the Reitzmics just arrived. The Peace Talks I did seemed to work, but the cruel war started just a week after. I hope nothing as cruel and pretrifying as that never happens in the European Union again.
HS: What do you think it's been the best thing you have done in your term?
JCJ: I have done many things during my term as Commissioner, but I would like to be remembered by 3 of them, which I cannot pick one from: First, the Eurorail opening between Inimicus and Spain, with services running since today. Second, the European Green Deal, which I hope to see completed by the time I run again for elections, and last but not least, both European Leaders Summit have been an achievement I didn't expect, and it has been really useful for me to focus on what the real matter was: Bringing Europe closer.
HS: And have you achieved the aim of bringing Europe closer?
JCJ: I'm leaving Commission with the relief of doing my job very well, so I guess I did. I brought Spain and Reitzmag closer, for example, and now they are best friends. I have also mediated on the Caspian Sea's problems, for example, and I don't regret doing that on the very same day as my birthday. When you work for Europe, you need to be avilable every day, from Monday to Sunday. And if that includes hosting a meeting on the very same day as your birthday, then you do the meeting instead. The European Union isn't a joke, it's a serious organisation which needs to have constant attention by those running it. If that fails, then the European Union will fall apart.
HS: Talking about falling apart, we all knew Speaker Firoux was leaving the Council, as the European Progressive Alliance direction. Is the EPA falling apart?
JCJ: There's a famous video of myself answering a question when I was the chancellor of Germanium answering with a single word, let me show you (Juncker gets his mobile out and says 'he has lots of pending WhatsApp and mails to read from yesterday, because he is really busy'. He moves to YouTube and plays the video, where the answer is 'No.') There you have the answer. (He laughs a bit) The European Progressive Alliance won't fall apart just because Mr. Firoux leaves. It will be hard to assimilate his departure, not because he is moving to another party, but he is leaving European Politics and going back to Inquista, and we all support his choice. I'm sure he will keep campaigning for us and supporting EPA candidates every time we visit Inquista.
HS: Let's talk about Winston, who's running again for Commission...
JCJ: I knew you would ask me about this. (He laughs again) Even though we seem to be fighting all the day and sometimes, some people have told me they seen us as 2 politicians that would kill eachother if they could, I need to tell them that's absolutely false. Edmund and myself are great friends, but just opposed on our views of Europe, that's all. If there's something I like about him, that's his way to see life in private: Have you wondered why you don't know a thing about him? Because he is a pro when it comes to protect his privacy!
HS: Would Winston be a good Commissioner?
JCJ: As I said, I disagree with his political opinions, so it wouldn't be for me. He tried to be Trympov's running mate in the past, which is something I don't understand and sets a bad precedent for him. But maybe the Europeans like him. That's one of the advantages of living and being an European citizen: you must have freedom of speech and you have the right to express your opinion, with no risk of it being censored.
HS: Who are you voting for, Mr. Juncker?
JCJ: Any EPA candidate will have my vote and my endorsement. About the independent candidates, I will need to have a deep think on who am I voting for, follow their campaign or even listening to their proposals. But who knows? When the time comes, I'll vote.
HS: Some said you will stay in Europolis along with Councillor Tusk from Spain, and even being the new Councillor. Is that true?
JCJ: Not entirely. I'll be staying in Europolis after I had spent a month in Spain, with my family and friends. Then I'll start travelling and I expect to return in March here. If Donald wants me to help him, I will be pleased to do so. But I wouldn't run against him on a primary election to decide who is the candidate, because he is doing a great job in the Council, and he is one of my best friends, so I couldn't do that.
HS: Everyone says you will be unrepeteable. What do you think?
JCJ: (He laughs) Well, I think there are many people that can do the same as I did in my campaigns, but no one will do it. I have never told this to anyone, and now I want all of Europe to know: one of my friends told me to ride a tank float in Copala City if I was brave enough, and we bet 15€. I told him I would do it, and that's how the Junckgadgets started. I usually make jokes about me, give a like on Twitter to the memes I see about me and I love it. The last time I was trending topic was yesterday, and there were lots of memes about me.: my favourite is the one in which I'm seated on the cabin and I'm driving the train; that photo became known by everyone in minutes, and someone made a meme saying: 'Expect me to win these elections... Cause I'm going to be the only candidate who's left alive'; and I did laugh. But I would never do that, so my opponents can relax.
HS: Mr. Juncker, you once hosted a TV programme about political debates when you left politics for the first time, and now that elections have arrived, have you been asked to host the Internal Affairs Debate?
JCJ: Not yet! (He laughs again) About the programme, it ended when I decided to go back to politics and run for Commission, but also, if someone asks me to do it, I'll accept it. I'm not, and I think everybody knows this, a normal Commissioner, and hosting the debate would be an honour and also funny. But that doesn't depend of me at the end.
HS: Will you visit any country more than once during your retirement?
JCJ: Actually yes. I will visit Czech Slavia, but I'll stay longer than in other country. Everyone knows I love Czech Slavia, their people, their cities, their landscapes... So yeah, that's the reason why I'll be staying longer on Czech Slavia.
HS: What do you think about the political situation in Spain?
JCJ: Well, in my opinion it's great: Spain is led by a very young President who is Jesús Aguilar, and he is doing great on managing the problems. He has lost his majority, mostly because of the new Electoral Law he passed, but he has also updated the Constitution, and been brave to do things others wouldn't do. He is also my boss, as I'm a member of the Partido Popular, but he knows perfectly that if I don't like something, I always tell him about it. Sometimes he doesn't like it, but mostly, he does.
HS: Some political analists say Spain will lose relevance on the European Union. What do you think, Mr. Juncker?
JCJ: It is true that Spanish candidates can't run for Commission, nor for the European Court of Justice. But there is a speaker election being held this month aswell, and maybe the European Progressive Alliance tells Mr. Tusk to run for Speaker or Deputy Speaker. So, I wouldn't come up with conclusions so fast, but I would wait until everything has passed to make an analysis about the relevance of certain countries. And I don't say this because I'm Spanish, I would say the same being from Reitzmag, Inimicus or Inquista. Relevance is not really important in the European Union, not much.
HS: Mr. Juncker, I don't want to end this interview without asking you about the future of Europe, and also about your legacy.
JCJ: About my legacy, I have been a man of records, or that's what my wife tells me every day. 4 months ago, I did 20 rallies, never seen in Europe; I called European Leaders to Europolis twice, bringing them together and seeing them seated around the same table, made an European Green Deal, the Eurorail, the Anti-Racism plan, and many more things. I leave the office with lots of things left to do, but I'm confident of coming back and accomplishing them, as Premier or Internal Affairs Commissioner, whatever my EPA colleagues say, it's what I'll do. And about the future of Europe, I don't see it very clear: We will have many good things, but also, we will be seeing many bad things, sadly. But, we cannot avoid that, because that happens every day.
HS: Jean-Claude, it has been a pleasure to spend this time with you. Have a nice retirement.
JCJ: The pleasure is mine. And thank you, I'll try to enjoy it.