June 19, 2012
“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.”
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.”
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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Related earlier updates:Zoltán Massay-Kosubek