Drunker than Juncker?

Drunker than Juncker?


norman lebrecht

July 13, 2018

The EU chief had to be held upright at the NATO meeting with Trump.

Luxembourg’s finest appeared to be even worse for wear than Euope’s elected leaders.

This one’s better still.


  • mr oakmountain says:

    Relevance to classical music?

  • Dragonetti says:

    Of course the poor man could just be feeling ill. Effects of the heat? Probably not but you never know.
    Did bring back a few memories of the old days in the profession though. I’ve seen several conductors almost unable to make it onto the stage through drink. No names or pack drill. Certain players were notorious too but they always seemed to play perfectly come what may. On reflection though I think I prefer the current more sober profession.

  • Novagerio says:

    Memories of the Yeltsin Days!… ūüėÄ

  • CJ says:

    The problem is that many Heads of State seem to prefer to choose a weak President of the Commission rather than a competent one like Delors, because they are afraid of loosing some independence.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Deeply embarrassing. Juncker is notorious for being drunk during the times he is supposed to work. There are multiple reports of his drinking problem. For the EU this is totally irresponsible behavior, in times when it has to face many crises. Probably the functioning of the EU is greatly hindered by J’s irresponsibility.

    Instead of the saying ‘drink is the curse of the working classes’ one could say ‘work is the curse of the drinking classes’ (paraphrasing Oscar Wilde), but for such institutions this is a scandal.

    • The View from America says:

      Eh, it’s Luxembourg.

      Not a whole lot at stake …

    • Sue says:

      The very hide of this drunk to moralize and pontificate about the responsibility of EU members to take in ‘the migrants’. Typical staggering hypocrisy from people who easily project their own perfidy onto others. Or try to!!!

  • Player says:

    He has terrible sciatica, you know….

  • Derek says:

    If he suffers from sciatica or nerve pain in his spine then it will cause problems with his balance.

    It may look like he has been drinking, but if he does have a disability, is it fair to make fun of it?

    • Player says:

      I think it is generally accepted that he is a pisshead.

      • Max Grimm says:

        True. I will say though, that I’d want to be drunk out of my mind as well, if I had to spend hours sitting with and listening to a fair few of our “illustrious leaders” defecate from the mouth.

  • PJA says:

    He is repotted to suffer from sciatica which is really painful and does cause one to stumble and limp. If true then he deserves sympathy, but if it is just a cover for disguising inebriation then pretty poor behaviour. I imagine that a blog on music is not the place to find an a credible answer to this. Why is it even here ?

    • John Borstlap says:

      Because anything happening with the EU has effects on culture, including musical culture. The EU has failed to deal with the heart of the European project: cultural identity. And thus, many people don’t feel any commitment to the European project, especially not when it is handled as a purely economic and bureaucratic project, and with so many netagive effects for its citizens (like the euro making many people much poorer). French president Macron is currently the only important politician who understands culture as at the heart of any political project.

      • PJA says:

        Well then it is sad that this blog has failed to comment on the vast majority of EU matters of substance, while making a big deal of a case of drunkenness or perhaps ill health.
        The ‚Äúdrunker than Juncker‚ÄĚ headline is nice, but was this really part of SD showing a wider interest in EU matters ?

  • Chris Basten says:

    Our Reptilian Overlords never could handle booze.