Updated: Jan 31, 2021
The famously thirsty Eurocrat was seen being propped up and helped down steps by world leaders while mingling with Donald Trump and Theresa May before dinner
The famously thirsty Eurocrat was seen being propped up and helped down steps by world leaders while mingling with Donald Trump and Theresa May before a big dinner in Brussels.
The excruciating video shows him being aided by Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko, and at one point Mrs May walked past, looking on in apparent concern.
Photos also emerged of Mr Juncker appearing to mock the US President by sitting in the American chief’s seat and posing for the cameras.
He was later seen leaving the security alliance meeting in a wheelchair - with allies insisting that he was suffering from a painful back condition.
The 63 year old has previously claimed he suffered from sciatica - which can affect movement.
EU officials insisted the incident was a re-occurrence of the Brussels chief’s longstanding illness and pointed out he was back on duty at NATO first thing on Thursday.
But Martin Reichardt, an MP for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, accused Mr Juncker of a “shameless appearance” and being “falling down drunk”.
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During a speech in Ireland last month he explained that the condition made him unsteady on his feet, joking he’d “prefer to be drunk”.
However it is far from the first time that the former Luxembourg premier’s alleged fondness for refreshment has got him into trouble.
He faced questions about his fitness for office in 2017 after staggering around at UN peace conference.
Diplomats said he was “very visibly p***ed” during key talks in Geneva over Cyprus.
He caused a stir during the conference with his drink-fueled erratic behavior.
It included collisions with people and furniture, and being very familiar with junior aides.
And at an EU summit in Latvia in 2015 a clearly inebriated Mr Juncker slapped a series of arriving EU leaders in the face in front of TV cameras.
He also loudly branded Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban “a dictator” as he arrived, before also slapping him in the face.