Ahead of Romania’s rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union takeover on January 1, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker surprised many with a strongly worded statement that called into question the Eastern European nation's ability to lead the Council, the first time that it will do so since joining the EU in 2007.

Juncker was quoted on December 29 saying Bucharest was "technically well-prepared" to assume the role ahead of a critical period for the bloc with Euro...

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