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Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

European Commission President Juncker Won't Run For Another Term

European Commission President Juncker Won't Run For Another Term

Juncker, 62, who survived a vehicle accident in 1989 that left him in a coma for two weeks, served as prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013.

By the end of March Britain will most likely have triggered Article 50, thus formally beginning divorce talks with the EU.

"They could promise country A this, country B that and country C something else and the end game is that there is not united European front". "I have serious doubts", he said.

"We're not talking about a break-up, we're talking about a new relationship, that's what we want to see", he said.

Juncker said he fell back in love with the European Union because he could experience all its variety, while declaring that he will never go through another campaign again because he is never going to run again.

"It is in our interests therefore that we don't have any special discussions on, say, chemicals or telecommunications or other sectors with certain individual countries".

Mr Juncker said the challenges meant it was imperative the European Union stick together.

The EU and Ukraine have signed an Association Agreement and a free-trade deal to bolster Ukraine's struggling economy, with Brussels offering 3.4 billion euros in loans to help Kyiv balance public spending.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was in Washington last month laying the groundwork for a new, post-Brexit trade agreement with the U.S., and has also courted other countries for potential deals.

Juncker is a member of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and previously served as Luxembourg's prime minister from 1995 until 2013. Newly elected European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and European Council President Donald Tusk are also from the political group, which spurred speculation that other parties could push for Tusk to be ousted.

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