Jean-Claude Juncker criticises 'ridiculous' European Parliament

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We are not ridiculous.

That entreaty did little to restrain Mr. Juncker, who insisted on a bigger crowd for his appearances in the future.

To which Mr Juncker responded: "I will never again attend a meeting of this kind".

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat spoke to the European Parliament at the end the country's six-month presidency of the EU that ended over the weekend.

"The parliament is totally ridiculous", Juncker said.

As President Macron did so at the ceremony to pay tribute to Helmut Kohl at the European Parliament on July 1, 2017, the minister will reaffirm the French authorities' attachment to the seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a symbol of the reconciliation of our continent and of the polycentric Europe that the EU's founding fathers sought to create.

The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved on Wednesday a first-ever cooperation deal between the EU and Cuba, despite lingering concerns about human rights violations in the communist-ruled country.

He was interrupted by Tajani, who sharply told him to show a more respectful attitude, saying: "You may criticise the parliament, yes, but the commission does not control the parliament, it is parliament who should control the commission". "But today was a bit unusual".

Mr. Juncker later apologized to Mr. Tajani, in person.

Juncker retorted: "There are only a few members in the plenary to control the Commission".

"If Mr Muscat had been Mrs Merkel it would be hard to imagine - or if Mr Macron, more unimaginable".

How long European citizens will continue to support a political structure which is over-regulating the economy and people's personal habits, and whose overpaid parliamentarians are not even showing up for work, is what should really concern EU-leaders in Brussels.

It also has been criticized for the way the numbers of voters participating in European elections held every five years has dropped steadily since 1979, to just above 40 percent, while the body has become a foothold for a number of insurgent, anti-establishment parties with strongly anti-European views.

Juncker lambasted that only around 30 members of the EP turned up for a debate on Malta's presidency of the Council of the European Union, BBC reported. Attendance figures only appear in the minutes the following day and they cover the entire day, she said.

Although parliamentarians are required to attend the sessions in Strasbourg, they often turn up to sign for their daily allowance of 306 euros ($347) and then leave.

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