Jean-Claude Juncker devoted his political life to EU integration only to see it dominated by Brexit at the last

Jean-Claude Juncker will go down in history as the man who succeeded in keeping Greece in the European Union but failed to prevent Britain voting to leave in the Brexit referendum.

The president of the European Commission retires at the end of today in Brussels, after decades enmeshed in the machinations of EU politics and five tumultuous years in office buffeted by crisis after crisis.

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It was a job Mr Juncker, 64, never wanted. His preference was to be European Council president, chairing summits of EU heads of state and government. But he was persuaded to campaign for the role in the 2014 European elections in an short-lived EU experiment with democracy that was later ditched.

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