Commission chief filmed struggling to keep his balance during NATO event.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker repeatedly stumbled and had to be helped to stay upright before a gala dinner for NATO leaders in Brussels.
Video footage that was published Thursday from the event at Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels on Wednesday shows the 63-year-old struggling with his balance and being given assistance by, among others, the prime minister of the Netherlands and the president of Ukraine.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte told Belgian news outlet VRT: “As far as I know, he [Juncker] has no serious health problems, but he has had a back problem for a while.”
Juncker told the Irish parliament in June that he suffers from sciatica (pain along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back), which causes problems with walking.
After struggling down a set of stairs as he made his way to a podium in the Dublin parliament, the Commission chief said he was “not drunk” but sometimes struggled to walk because of sciatica sustained in a car crash.
“I would prefer to be drunk,” he added, the Sun reported.
Juncker was attending a two-day meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday.