The Luxembourger, who also chairs the eurogroup of the 17 countries in the single currency, appears convinced that the UK will eventually see the light.
"In the long-term thinking of the British, joining the euro is an issue," he contends. "The UK will introduce the euro. On the day that the British realise that the pound is a regional currency without any international influence, they will join."
Ken Clarke does not represent the British, except British rapists of course.