Juncker mimics May’s ‘Dancing Queen’ routine

PUBLISHED: 15:37 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:44 08 October 2018

Jean-Claude Juncker danches ahead of a speech. (Photograph: PA)

Jean-Claude Juncker danches ahead of a speech. (Photograph: PA)

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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May when he performed a little dance while preparing to give a speech in Brussels.

May’s dancing again became a talking point at conference when she shimmied on stage for her big keynote speech to the tune of Abba’s Dancing Queen.

And a grinning Jean-Claude Juncker won laughter and applause from his audience when he appeared to mimic her dance steps as he came to the lectern for a speech to the EU Week of Regions and Cities.

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The Commission president took a swipe at Britain by telling his audience that he preferred to make his speech in French or Luxembourgish, his native tongue, spoken by fewer than half a million people, rather than English.

And he denounced “stupid” populists who were challenging the existence of the European Union.

Juncker told his audience: “English is not the only official language of the EU, and as things are as they are, I will express myself in French and maybe in Luxembourgish.”

He added: “In Europe, there is an increasing number of eurosceptics and they tend to be promoting sceptical opinions.

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“But I think we need to talk to them. I would like to distinguish between those eurosceptics who have questions to ask and opinions to make and those stupid populists. It’s not the same thing.

“We need to distinguish between those stupid populists and the nationalists who have an opinion to put forward.”

Juncker did not comment on his dance steps or mention May in his speech.

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