• Sagt om EU

    #1 “When it becomes serious, you have to lie” – Jean-Claude Juncker President of the Eurogroup and PM of Luxembourg – April 2011

    #2 “No, I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.” – Christine Lagarde – IMF Managing Director – May 2012

    #3 “We are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy” – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the G20 Summit – June 2012

    #4 “Obviously Swedes, and other taxpayers, should not pay because Greeks choose to retire at 40 – that is unacceptable.” Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg – May 2010

    #5 “I am not joking” – Jean-Claude Juncker – President of the Eurogroup and PM of Luxembourg – November 2012

    #6 “I do not have superpowers,”  Olli Rehn – European Commissioner for Economic Affairs – November 2012 

    #7 “We need a solution that lasts for a while with Greece,” Wolfgang Schäuble – German Finance Minister – November 2012

    #8 “The last high point of the crisis was in June, around the time of the Greek elections. Now we have a reverse trend” – Olli Rehn European Commissioner for Economic Affairs – December 2012

    #9 “Die rote Linie muss bleiben” – Horst Seehofer – Chairman of CSU and PM of Bavaria – March 2012

    #10 “I think we can say that the existential threat against the euro has essentially been overcome…In 2013 the question won’t be if the euro will, or will not, implode,”  European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso – January 2013

    #11 “German public opinion is convinced that any stimulus to the European economy is an undeserved help for the lazy Southern Europeans…[The German public opinion is] obsessed with inflation as teenagers are obsessed with sex.”  Former European Commission President Romano Prodi  November 2013

    #12 “We do not understand why the leadership of the ECB refuses to protect our pensions against inflation,“  European Central Bank Staff Committee April 2012

    Flashback

    Quotes about the euro from way back, before the euro crisis started.

    Not all Germans believe in God, but they all believe in the Bundesbank.” – Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission – 1992

    Don’t let them destroy your Bundesbank. The destruction of the central bank in Frankfurt will cost the Germans and Europe dearly.” James M Buchanan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University of Virginia – 1996

    If I were German, I would definitely keep the Bundesbank and the D-mark.” Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister – 1993

    This is the biggest decision of our time. There is no way back when one has said yes. Therefore one should think very carefully before saying yes. A no can always be changed, but a yes is truly a definite choice.”
    Göran Persson, Prime Minister of Sweden – 2003 

    “We must now face the difficult task of moving towards a single economy, a single political entity .. For the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire we have the opportunity to unite Europe.” Romano Prodi,Former President of the European Commission – European Parliament, October 13, 1999

    “The euro was not just a bankers’ decison or a technical decision. It was a decision which completely changed the nature of the nation states. The pillars of the nation state are the sword and the currency, and we changed that. The euro decision changed the concept of the nation state and we have to go beyond that.” Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission – Financial Times, April 9, 1999

    “The single currency is the greatest abandonment of sovereignty since the foundation of the European Community… It is a decision of an essentially political character… We need this united Europe… We must never forget that the euro is an instrument for this project.” Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, May 1998

    “A European currency will lead to member-nations transferring their sovereignty over financial and wage policies as well as in monetary affairs… It is an illusion to think that States can hold on to their autonomy over taxation policies.” Hans Tietmeyer, President of the Bundesbank – 1991

    “I have always found the word ‘Europe’ on the lips of those who wanted something from others which they dared not demand in their own names!” Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor  – 1880