Quotebank Archive

  • Donald Tusk: European integration is not a threat to sovereignty

    “We lived for many years as a non-sovereign country, under Soviet occupation. For us European integration is not a threat to sovereignty because we experienced not long ago a serious threat to our sovereignty.” Polish prime minister Donald Tusk, 1 July 2011 Reported at http://euobserver.com/9/32578/?rk=1

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  • Eurelectric: a European energy policy

    From “Key Messages on: “Energy 2020 ‐ A strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy” COM (2010)639 Final”, published by Eurelectric, January 2011: “Priority should be given to implementing and enforcing existing internal electricity and gas market legislation without delay to ensure proper functioning of […]

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  • Louis Susman: “all key issues must run through Europe”

    Remarks by Louis Susman, America’s ambassador to the UK, at the European Parliament, 25 January 2011: “I want to stress that the UK needs to remain in the EU. “The US does not want to see Britain’s role in the EU diminished in any way. […]

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  • John Lanchester: action on the banks has to be international

    This new Lehmans scandal sums up two of the biggest problems that we – the voting, taxpaying general public – still have with the banks, almost two years after they blew up and we bailed them out.  First, the operation of capital markets is international, […]

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  • David Frum: EU seat on the UN Security Council

    “One logical answer to the EU bloc voting problem is to transform France’s permanent seat on the Security Council into an EU seat. That would appropriately recognize the EU’s power and importance: Only permanent members of the Security Council have a veto, after all.” From […]

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  • Albert Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease”

    Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind. “What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck” The Saturday Evening Post (26 October 1929) Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good […]

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  • Vaclav Havel: “more room for the expression of the will of individual nations and for the exercise of their identity”

     “I would recommend to take the course of a gradual, increasingly profound, enhancement of the parliamentary and federal elements, rather than one founded on treaties among states and on institutions built on the basis of such treaty arrangements. This may look surprising at first sight, […]

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  • W B Curry: “The Case for Federal Union”

    “Suppose that, like the States of the USA all states had lost the right to maintain armed forces, the right to do what they like in matters affecting other countries, the right to impose tariffs or interfere with free travel. What a hideous slavery would […]

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  • Jean Monnet: “The union of Europe cannot be based on good will alone”

    “The union of Europe cannot be based on good will alone. Rules are needed. The tragic events we have lived through and are still witnessing may have made us wiser. But men pass away; others will take our place. We cannot bequeath them our personal […]

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  • Thomas Paine, from “Rights of Man”

    “If there is a country in the world, where concord, according to common calculations, would be least expected, it is America. Made up, as it is, of people from different nations, accustomed to different forms and habits of government, speaking different languages, and more different […]

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