EU’s Juncker: ‘I am Proud We Stood Up for Greece’



European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told an economic forum in Brussels that Greece will soon leave its bailout program.

Juncker was speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum where he also said Europeans should be “proud of the creation of the single currency,” adding that the euro did not divide Europe, but protected it.

“And I am also proud that we stood up for Greece, which is now growing again and outperforming its fiscal targets. We still have work to do, but I believe the successful conclusion of the Greek programme is within touching distance. This would be a remarkable achievement and testament to the efforts of the Greek people,” he said.

Juncker also referred to the 340 million Europeans who use the euro every day and said the euro is now the second most used reserve currency, with 60 countries now linking their currencies to it in one way or another.