In a speech that was vociferously interrupted, MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel accused Juncker of being the "[Commission] president who lost Britain" and said that Junker's pinning of the blame on Cameron was "one of the biggest smoke screens in history".

I'm trying to understand what in Henkel's background could have motivated such an attack. Looking at his biography on Wikipedia, I see he was an AfD member. Also, one of (few of) Henkel's positions mentioned there is not exactly unificatory: he called for the Euro to be split in two currencies (north and south).

Adding that to Henkel's accusation that Junker was power-grabbing and centralizing, I'm getting the impression Henkel is a sort of half-house Euroskeptik, i.e. he wants the EU, but with less integration. Is that a good summary, or is there more background that can be related to his animosity toward Junker and Henkel's position on the EU in general?

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    His position changed over time, notably in protest of the handling of the Eurozone crisis. So one would have to look for recent statements (which I haven't) and not the ancient history.
    – o.m.
    Apr 7 '19 at 18:46

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