European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has come out and stated that he thinks national borders are “the worst invention ever.” Juncker is speaking up after the latest attempts by countries within the EU to follow Britains lead and exit the union.
The European Forum Alpbach said on their website that they were the ones Juncker made the comment to. The website claimed that he told the audience, “borders are the worst invention ever made by politicians,” and that solidarity must be given to migrants and their families.
The EU Presidents comments come as individual nations within the Union have been seeking sovereignty and feel the need for tighter border security in response to the migrant crisis in that region.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has rejected the comments made by Juncker via a spokeswoman who said, “It is not something that the Prime Minister would agree with and, indeed, you have heard the Prime Minister talk about the views that the British people expressed in the referendum.”
The statement continued, “The British people think that borders are important, having more control over our borders is important, and that is an issue we need to address.”
According to the European Forum Alpbachs website Juncker also said Brexit wasn’t a pretty moment for the EU and it was something that had to be overcome stating that, “in the concentration of globalisation and European problems, we must not lose our way.”
Juncker stated that he believes the EU is the best tool to fight against the growing trend of nationalism across Europe. He quoted the former French president Francois Mitterrand as saying nationalism added to nationalism would end in war and contested, “this is still true so we have to fight against nationalism.”
“We have to fight against nationalism, we have the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists” Juncker said.
United Kingdom Independent Party spokesman Peter Whittle has also spoken up against Juncker, saying that his remarks are “beyond parody”.
Juncker also made a point to attack Austrians who have spoken out against the European Union and it’s ever-growing problems. He said that they were “Landesobermuftis” which translates to “Land of Upper Mufti” as an attempt to insult the region.
Critics have repeatedly called for Juncker to step down from his position from EU President after the Greek debt crisis and the failures that have come following his support to create open borders for Syrian refugees.