This is Not the Beginning of the End of the EU: Juncker

(Kai Diekmann & Dirk Hoeren – BILD via Business Insider)

Germany’s leading newspaper, BILD, has published an exclusive interview with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

He will be the central figure in Europe to negotiate the exit of Great Britain from the EU. Publishing Director of BILD, Kai Diekmann, and EU Correspondent Dirk Hoeren met Juncker at Berlaymont, the Headquarter of the European Commission.

In partnership with Bild, Business Insider has published an English translation below.

BILD: President Juncker, the catastrophe has happened. The British have decided by a majority vote to leave the EU. Is this the beginning of the end of the EU?

Juncker: Definitely not. The European Union has decades of experience in overcoming crises and has always emerged stronger after. I am, however, deeply saddened by this vote by the British electorate. But I respect their decision. What is crucial now is that we focus very precisely on what Europe can do for people: stimulate investment, create jobs and together ensure the safety and security of our citizens.

The European family may well be anything but perfect. But it is the best thing that we have for bringing the countries of Europe around the same table and for forging compromises so that people here can live in peace, freedom and prosperity. In a world which is growing closer together all the time, we can only survive and influence the rules if we join forces. We will miss the presence of the United Kingdom at this table. Click here to read more.