The politician from Luxembourg boasted of his plan to expand Europe in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, in which the reporter took him to task about the minimal amount of times he has bothered to visit Warsaw. Mr Juncker said: “I would like to remind you that when I decided to expand the Union, I was this great advocate. Only nobody remembers it!” When confronted about not visiting Poland, he went on to list times he has not bothered to visit other member states, such as the UK.
He said: “I am not able to count how many bilateral meetings I have had with the current Polish prime minister!”
Referring to Prime Minister Theresa May, he added: “Anyway, how many times have I met Prime Minister May in London? Only twice!”
He continued: “Why fly somewhere, if you can discuss it here?”
In the same interview, the Brexit-bashing Eurocrat complained about not getting any thanks from EU nations.
The arch-European Unionist, who has been hugely sceptical of Britain’s Brexit decision, blurted out the nation had never thanked him for helping the Poles pocket £150billion (€175billion) in EU funding.
He said: “Poland received 175 billion euros of structural assistance since 2004.
“Maybe they do not know, because they do not say that thanks to Juncker’s plan but they managed to invest 18.3 billion euros in the development of small enterprises.”
He urged Poland to dismiss calls for a Polexit – a Polish exist from the European Union and said: “Poles do not want to be cut off from all this.”
In the same interview the 64-year-old ex-Luxembourg Prime Minister attacked Britain for failing to embrace European values and only seeing EU membership in terms of financial or business opportunity.
He added: “But in the West, we should not think that Poland is in the Union for money! Poland is with us because we share common values. Our help is not a gift, but a recognition of the magnitude of the reforms carried out.”
His comments come as earlier this week Mr Juncker incensed many British people as he hit out at British democracy, claiming Brexit should not be seen as a “sign of strength”.