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And that is the remarkable thing about Juncker: he is completely honest about his belief in the need to be dishonest. He once said: “when it becomes serious, you have to lie.” In 2011, he said Europe’s economic policy should be decided behind closed doors: “monetary policy,” he told a press conference, “is a serious issue. We should discuss this in secret, in the Eurogroup. I’m ready to be insulted as being insufficiently democratic, but I want to be serious.” He confessed he “often had to lie” to protect the euro, and proudly pronounced: “I am for secret, dark debates.” Going back to his role in first establishing the euro, he explained: “we decide on something, leave it lying around and wait and see what happens. If no one kicks up a fuss, because most people don’t understand what has been decided, we continue step by step until there is no turning back.” No wonder even the continental press dubbed him “the master of lies”. – March 8
ConHome summary: Nick Timothy, Bloody Difficult Man.