EU leader Juncker stumbles, loses balance several times ahead of NATO dinner
(12 Jul 2018) If the NATO summit was tough on the dozens of leaders attending, it appears to have been even tougher on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The European Union leader was seen stumbling and losing his balance several times ahead of a gala dinner late Wednesday.
Juncker was stumbling and swaying to the extent that the presidents of Finland and Ukraine, among others, had to help keep him upright.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also stepped in to guide Juncker.
Juncker has said he suffers from sciatica that sometimes affects his movements, and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Thursday that Juncker had complained of back pain.
Juncker's office declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.
Leaders of European institutions were invited to join the NATO leaders for a meeting and a dinner on Wednesday night.
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