July 4, 2017
Fuming MEPs ripped into the EU Commission boss as the nuclear fallout from the pair’s verbal catfight in the chamber threatened to spark a diplomatic war between the bloc’s three key institutions.
They blasted him as “self-righteous and arrogant” and said he must immediately withdraw a vow never to attend the Parliament again, which they said was an affront to democracy.
This morning the EU Council, up until now an innocent bystander in the scrap, was dragged into the melee as furious parliamentarians said its archaic structures were the fundamental reason behind the controversy.
The undignified row was sparked when Mr Juncker scrapped his speech to mark the end of the Maltese presidency of the Council and instead berated MEPs for failing to turn up and hear the tiny island’s leader speak.
Joseph Muscat had just delivered his closing remarks summing up the achievements the six-month Maltese tenure, the first time the country had held the prestigious post.
But a thunderous looking Mr Juncker was enraged that only around 30 euro MPs had bothered to attend the early morning session, and launched into a tirade saying it showed the parliament was “ridiculous” and “not serious”.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 9:38 am