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Thursday 28 August 2014

EU leaders discuss concerns over Jean-Claude Juncker's drinking - report

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent in Brussels

Published 27/06/2014 | 10:14

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The drinking habits of Jean Claude-Juncker have been discussed at the highest levels by European leaders, the Daily Telegraph is reporting today.

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According to the paper, some European leaders privately have concerns over the lifestyle of the continent’s president-in-waiting.

Supporters of Mr Juncker have dismissed the story as "dirty tricks" ahead of a key vote later today which will see him become EU Commission President.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Juncker's spokesman said he had no comment about the story and that he would not be engaging on the matter.

The story comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing defeat in his attempt to prevent Mr Juncker being confirmed as president of the European Commission.

The Daily Telegraph reported that a series of allegations about his alcohol consumption have been the subject of top-level talks.

On Thursday, as Mr Cameron became increasingly isolated in Europe, he declared himself “unapologetic” over his attempt to block the former leader of Luxembourg.

The Prime Minister will use a Brussels summit to force an unprecedented vote on the appointment because he believes Mr Juncker will not deliver Britain’s desired European Union reforms.

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