World leaders FORCED to hold STUMBLING and swaying Juncker ahead of NATO dinner
WORLD leaders were forced to step in and help on Wednesday when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was seen stumbling and losing his balance ahead of a Nato dinner.
The European Union leader was stumbling so much that world leaders including the presidents of Finland and Ukraine, and the Dutch Prime Minister, were forced to hold him up.
Footage from the summit shows the 63-year-old being held up as he makes his way down the stairs.
But as Mr Juncker attempts to walk he stumbles backwards and loses his balance once again.
The European Commission President then had to be held at the arm in an effort to steady himself.
Prime Minister Theresa May walked past Mr Juncker and grinned, seemingly unaware that the European Commission President was struggling to stand unaided.
Mr Juncker was attending a gala at the Nato summit in Brussels attended by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Mr Juncker’s latest stumble has sparked criticism on Twitter.
Umberto Gambini, who is the Head of Office for Spanish MEP Ramon Tremosa, called for a medical certificate to prove Mr Juncker suffers from sciatica.
He wrote on Twitter: “I don’t have the proof he is drunk but he does look like.
“If it’s all the fault of his sciatica than we should have the right to see a medical certificate!
“Public Institution. He is well paid by taxpayers. Damages 4 Europe image?
“What about trust in EU citizens for the EU project?”
Speaking on Friday, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas confirmed Mr Juncker had ”suffered from a particularly painful attack of sciatica” which was “accompanied with cramps”.
When asked by a reporter if Mr Juncker was drunk, the European Commission spokesman said it is “more than tasteless that some press tried to make insulting headlines by exploiting President Juncker’s pain.”
Mr Schinas added: “I don’t think this is elegant, I don’t think this is fair.”
He later said that Mr Juncker “attended the dinner normally where the pain magically disappeared”.