There is no stability without solidarity and no solidarity without stability.
Norway or Switzerland are two marvelous countries, I very much admire, the most advanced countries in the world in fact with great qualities of life.
What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.
Smart, sustainable, inclusive growth is the key to job-creation and the future prosperity of Europe.
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 have full confidence in the IMF. It is a very strong international institution.
I'll put it frankly - Britain has more influence in China than Norway or Switzerland, with all respect for the other countries.
Internal protectionism in Europe would be deadly, really a disaster for European economies.
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.
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.
Governments are not always right.
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.
Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.
Even when governments take the right steps to reform, these can be negatively impacted by events outside their control.
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