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The euro area must not be treated as an ‘opt out’ from the European Union.
– Jose Manuel Barroso
Internal protectionism in Europe would be deadly, really a disaster for European economies.
My mother wanted me to be a professor, because I have several people in my family who are professors at university.
The Eurogroup decisions are always taken unanimously.
A new state, if it wants to join the European Union, has to apply to become a member of the European Union like any state.
There’s a tendency in many politicians to become inward-looking, more protectionist, more nationalistic and more defensive, in the bad sense of the word.
Governments are not always right.
Growth based on debt is unsustainable, artificial.
What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.
I’ll put it frankly – Britain has more influence in China than Norway or Switzerland, with all respect for the other countries.
We need open, competitive, market economies… but at the same time with effective regulation and supervision.
Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.
I have full confidence in the IMF. It is a very strong international institution.
I say to my friends, ‘Don’t just listen to the vuvuzelas; look at who scores the goals.’ And this is the important thing.
You have to understand that to have a revolution when you are 18 years old is completely different from normal political leaders who were born in a democracy and will die in a democracy and never to have experienced that change. I have seen that change.
The dynamic of globalisation in financial and economic terms, but also in geopolitical terms, confronts Europeans with a stark choice: live together, share a common destiny and count in the world; or face the prospect of disunity and decline.
I don’t know why my son was born conservative.
You see in times of crisis that extremist forces, populist forces, have a better ground to oversimplify things and to manipulate feelings. Feelings of fear.
By the way, the European Union Member States together – even the euro area Member States together – are by far the biggest contributors to the IMF.
In the age of globalisation, pooled sovereignty means more power, not less.
I think diversity can also be a resource, an asset, especially in a world that is becoming globalized, to deal with difference, to deal with variety, to deal with complexity.
I believe that Europe without Britain at the heart will be less reform-driven, less open, less international Europe.
For investor confidence, it is important that there is certainty about the future of Ireland in E.U.
The E.U. is founded on the Treaties which apply only to the Member States who have agreed and ratified them.
I very often compare relations between states to relations with people. Sometimes we are nicer to those we don’t know well, who are not our friends, than we are to our friends, because with our friends we don’t need to be nice all the time.
There is no stability without solidarity and no solidarity without stability.