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Jean-Claude Juncker criticised for ‘offensive’ behaviour at papal audience

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission (Photo: Getty)

A Polish MP has written to the president of the European Commission criticising him for his “offensive” behaviour during a papal audience.

Krystyna Pawłowicz, deputy to the Lower Chamber of the Polish Parliament, wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday, highlighting her concerns about the impact of his alleged “alcohol dependency”. This dependency, she said, was a problem for “the entire European community”, given his position.

She added: “Particularly distasteful and out of place was your behaviour during the last audience with Pope Francis to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the European Community. Your demeanour was offensive not only to Pope Francis, but also the present chiefs of states and heads of governments, including women, who were certainly too polite to ask you to take a rest.”

Pope Francis addressed leaders of the European Union states on Friday urging them to “blaze the path of a new European humanism.”

Krystyna Pawłowicz told Mr Juncker in her letter that his behaviour “discredits not only you personally, not only the position you hold in the European Union, but also it discredits the citizens of the EU member states and it offends them.”

She concluded by asking him to “take a moment to reflect upon the recent events” and “change the way in which you exercise your duties.”