Much of O'Leary's ire was focused on the Commission's competition department | Eric Lalmand/AFP via Getty Images
Ryanair boss curses EU’s geopolitical ambitions
Michael O’Leary also believes the Brits will ‘roll over’ in Brexit negotiations as they have ‘no negotiating f*cking power.’
By Saim Saeed
Updated 3/4/20, 5:59 PM CET
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary ripped into the European Commission for being a “horrendously ineffective” regulator and said it is making industrial policy “on the hoof.”
He also expressed little concern about the Brexit negotiations — despite campaigning for the Remain side before the 2016 referendum — because he expected the U.K. to “roll over on almost every point.”
Speaking to POLITICO at an airline event on Tuesday, O’Leary said the EU should “focus on how you build an efficient single market and how you implement regulation” instead of dabbling in geopolitics, which he said is not its forte, or coming up with fancy job titles like commissioner for the European way of life — “What the f*ck is that about?”
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised to boost the EU’s role on the world stage.
“As Europe moves away from its focus on an efficient single market and into all these political f*cking squabbles and defense and immigration, it’s hopeless,” he said. “It’s utterly f*cking useless at delivering any of that.”
The Commission announced an investigation into Béziers airport in France, where it thinks Ryanair may have an illegal marketing arrangement.
Much of O’Leary’s ire was focused on the Commission’s competition department,