Jean-Claude Juncker regrets the leak about his dinner with British Prime Minister Theresa May over Britain's departure from the EU, the European Commission President said Monday night during a discussion with Handelsblatt's publisher Gabor Steingart.
"The fact that this conversation was reported is a serious mistake," Mr. Juncker said during a panel discussion on Monday evening in Bonn.
Asked whether he was involved in this mistake, Mr. Juncker replied he was not responsible for passing the information to the press.
Mr. Juncker met the British Prime Minister last Wednesday in her office on 10 Downing Street in London. Both said afterwards the meeting had been constructive. However, on Sunday, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted Mr. Juncker as saying he had left "Downing Street ten times more skeptical than I was before."
A spokesman said the British government did not recognize the accounts of events according to the German paper. Ms. May dismissed them as "Brussels gossip", reiterating that the meeting had gone well.