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“If you worry about yesterday’s failures, then today’s successes will be few.”

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In this current entry I will present you what kind of messages have I captured from the twin-presidents of the EU (namely from Mr. Barroso, President of the COM and from Mr. Van Rompuy, president of the Council).

The EU’s two presidents 3+3 messages to the rest of the world on the G20 summit:

From President Barroso:

1. “By the way, this crisis was not originated in Europe.”

2. “In Europe, we are open democracies. Not all the members of G20 are democracies. We take decisions democratically. Sometimes this means taking more time.”

3. “We are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy.”

See the full video message here

From President Van Rompuy:

1. “We have to go more financial integration, to more fiscal integration, to more economic integration.”

2. “We can show to the rest of the world and to the markets that the euro and the eurozone is an irreversible project.”

3. “A common currency need also more common policies.”

See the full video message here


Those were the main messages. But as Mr. Barroso said, it will likely need a bit more time. Business as usual in the EU. Nevertheless, time is a luxus the EU doesn’t have too much of. However, if this is the price for a matured decision and for a well balanced, deeper co-operation: so be it.

I remain at your disposal.

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The Final ‘Extraordinary’ Summit (the 24th /22th/18th since 2008) to Discuss Principles Intending to Achieve Growth and to Overcome the Deep Crisis. Is Greece on the Dinner Menu?

Die Zukunft von Europa – L’avenir de l’Europe – The Future of Europe

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  1. The original comment has been made to the earlier version fof the blog and it has been copied without any changes from here:

    “8/20/2012 4:06:24 PM – Brian,
    I like this, I like the stance that Barroso took here. He(and any EU leader) should always defend Europe like this. May the Lion roar when it should roar and may that always be a legitimate roar.”

  2. The original comment has been made to the earlier version fof the blog and it has been copied without any changes from here:

    “8/29/2012 11:59:29 AM
    Dear crazyhorse,

    thank you for your opinion.

    Europe is often considered that a weak international player who has lost its former glory.

    Nevertheless, in my opinion, it is too early to bury Europe.

    The European United States as a possibility is still open. The fate of Europe is far from closed.

    This roar can be a clear sign that the Europe lion is still sleeping rather than being dead.

    And never touch a sleeping lion without care and respect!

    I remain at your disposal.

    Mr Zoltán MASSAY-KOSUBEK – EU policy expert

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