Freedom is a universal value.

Jan Peter Balkenende on freedom

Terrorism is an evil that threatens all the countries in Europe.

Vigorous cooperation in the European Union and worldwide is crucial in order to meet this evil head on.

Jan Peter Balkenende on cooperation

The generation which lived through the Second World War is disappearing.

Post-war generations see Europe's great achievements - liberty, peace and prosperity - as a given.

Jan Peter Balkenende on achievements

Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.

Jan Peter Balkenende on christianity

Day after day we must remember we can take freedom for granted.

Day after day we must keep the bond between freedom and other values in mind.

Jan Peter Balkenende on bond

The horrors of the Second World War, the chilling winds of the Cold War and the crushing weight of the Iron Curtain are little more than fading memories. Ideals that once commanded great loyalty are now taken for granted.

Jan Peter Balkenende on chilling

We can prevent Europe from becoming a spiritless machine that, in the end, grinds to a halt.

Jan Peter Balkenende on end

Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our values are and how great the mission they represent.

Jan Peter Balkenende on experience

About Jan Peter Balkenende

Name Jan Peter Balkenende
Quotes 8 quotations
Nationality Dutch
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16
About Dutch Prime Minister from 2002 until 2010.
Top topics europe, world, freedom, values, granted