Laudation (extract) by Helmut Kohl

Laudation (extract)

Speaker Helmut Kohl on the laureate:

‘Jean-Claude Juncker and I have met at many conferences of the European Community and the European Union. […] He understands state business in all areas, be it in finance, economics or European politics. He is always able to find a balance between different interests. At the same time, as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, he is smart enough to protect his countries interests. Despite all his passion for his convictions, he remains capable of conversation. This has made him a sought after dialogue partner, a valued chief negotiator and a leading personality in Europe respected by all. There are few in Europe who have reached his standing as chief negotiator. […] For him Europe is and always has been a matter of the heart.’


Photo Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker