EU's Juncker cuts holiday short for urgent surgery - statement
BRUSSELS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The outgoing head of the
European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European
Commission, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery,
his press team said in a statement on Saturday.
"Jean-Claude Juncker had to shorten his holiday in Austria
for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he
will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the
gallbladder)," the team said of what is normally a routine
Juncker, a former Luxembourg premier whose health has been
the subject of rife speculation among EU politicians, analysts
and media for years, is due to step down on Oct. 31 as head of
He will be replaced by German conservative Ursula von der
Leyen, the first woman to lead the institution that proposes EU
laws, polices the economies of all members of the bloc and
negotiates trade deals around the world.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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