Easier to work with second-term US president: Juncker

Europe will find it easier to work with a re-elected US president than with a new leader in Washington, the head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers said Wednesday.

Jean-Claude Juncker, who is also the prime minister of Luxembourg, told journalists in Singapore that "it's always easier to establish a closer work relationship with a US president when he's starting his second mandate".

Juncker was speaking shortly before President Barack Obama emerged as the winner of the bitterly contested election against challenger Mitt Romney.

"During his first mandate, the president normally is focusing on turbulent domestic issues. The second mandate, US presidents normally are rediscovering the entireness of the European identity, and we need for the US and for Europe to be close, to work closely together," Juncker added.

He is visiting Singapore after attending an Asia-Europe summit in Laos,

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