EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker used the result of the Italian referendum to predict that the rise of anti-EU parties will spark World War Three, reports the Express.
The Brussels chief said that the disintegration of the euro project would herald a return to the “tragic history” of a Europe at war.
In a series of sensationalist remarks he said the continent was living through “dangerous times” due to a rise in opposition to the EU.
His remarks mirror those of ex-prime minister David Cameron, who was widely mocked for predicting that Brexit would cause a global conflict.
Mr Juncker is currently behind a concerted push by Brussels to acquire its own army which is being vigorously opposed by Britain.
Critics have warned that an EU force would fatally undermine NATO, which has been the bedrock of peace in Europe for more than half a century.
The EU Commission chief made the comments when asked about the result of the Italian referendum, which has forced out PM Matteo Renzi and further destabilised the ailing EU project.
He told the Dutch public broadcaster NPO: “These are dangerous times in which we live.
And asked about the potential impact of the break-up of the EU, Mr Juncker gloomily predicted it would lead to a a repeat of the “tragic history of this continent”.
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