quote by Jean Monnet

The fusion (of economic functions) would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State.

— Jean Monnet

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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!

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.

The euro Titanic has now hit the iceberg - and there simply aren't enough lifeboats to go round.

By the way, the European Union Member States together - even the euro area Member States together - are by far the biggest contributors to the IMF.

This is taking place inside Europe. This is taking place inside a once great nation. The nation that invented democracy. We are on the edge of total social breakdown. And frankly, as far as the euro is concerned and the austerity measures are concerned, the medicine is killing the patient.

I became the first ever Euro-continental champion in WWF history.

Well, besides D-Lo Brown, but he doesn't count.

First of all, Greece won't go down. We're talking about a country that is capable of making change. Europe will not allow the destabilization of the 27-country euro zone. But if there were no action, then markets would start becoming jittery about other countries - and not only Spain and Portugal, but other countries in the European Union.

If you don't want to call it a European army, don't call it a European army.

You can call it 'Margaret', you can call it 'Mary-Anne', you can find any name, but it is a joint effort for peace-keeping missions - the first time you have a joint, not bilateral, effort at European level.

Argentina won't be at Euro 2000 because they're from South America.

Europe unified its monetary policy through the euro before it unified politically, therefore sustaining member countries' abilities to pursue the kind of independent fiscal policies that can strain a joint currency.

If we do not resolve the euro crisis, we will all pay the price.

And if we do resolve it, we will all benefit, particularly German taxpayers and savers.

In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis.

They'll just ask, "So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?"

In Holland, pensions were cut. The public health services for elderly people were cut. Enormous asocial tough measures. And at the same time people saw while the government has these enormous austerity measures, that the government spent billions of euros on asylum seekers who really weren't asylum seekers but migrants looking for a better life.

We must go back to teach Europeans to love Europe.

This [EURO] was never a hate group, the European American Unity and Rights Organization was an organization in its charter is dedicated to true civil rights and stopping discrimination against people, that the best qualified people should be engaged and that every people have the right to preserve their heritage, their freedom and their values.

Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.

Stabilizing the euro is one thing, healing the culture that surrounds it is another. A world in which material values are everything and spiritual values nothing is neither a stable state nor a good society. The time has come for us to recover the Judeo-Christian ethic of human dignity in the image of God.

We must stress that the euro has been beneficial to the European Union because, otherwise, in this context of international turmoil, every country would have to devalue their currencies.

One basic formula for understanding the Community is this: 'Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all.'

We will have to create an avant-garde.

... We could have a Union for the enlarged Europe, and a Federation for the avant-garde.

We have been in recess since July, and during that time there has been a fuel crisis, a Danish no vote, the collapse of the euro and a war in the middle east, but what is our business tomorrow? The Insolvency Bill [Lords]. It ought to be called the Bankruptcy Bill [Commons], because we play no role.

Some countries that are close to Europe that already hold Deutschemarks, clearly would automatically hold euros, those are countries in Eastern Europe mainly, a few countries in Africa.

We won't make the weak stronger by making the strong weaker, as a very wise man once said. That applies to the economy as well. If Germany were less competitive, the euro area as a whole would lose, because less could be produced then.

As for the single market, the E.U.'s landmark achievement, there is no question that a euro zone breakup would severely disrupt its operation in the short run.

The next Euro-elections will be a step towards a United States of Europe

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Germany has always stood for an E.U. of the 27 countries. But in light of Britain's continued resistance to further integration steps, as we saw with the fiscal pact, there are limits to my optimism in this regard. It's quite possible that we will have to create the new institutions for the euro zone first.

I am sure the euro will oblige us to introduce a new set of economic policy instruments. It is politically impossible to propose that now. But some day there will be a crisis and new instruments will be created.

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.

We have the EURO as a currency, which means a lot.

It has not just stabilized the situation in Kosovo politically and economically, but also facilitated the direct contact that we have with Europe.

We all use cash in our everyday life, but we don't use hundred-dollar bills.

We're not using 500-euro notes. And yet these account for mountains of cash out there. I think they're being used in tax evasion and by criminals of all types.

We will do whatever we could do to keep Greece inside the euro and inside Europe.

There is no better protection against the euro crisis than successful structural reforms in southern Europe.

We, the American people, clearly see the daunting forces we will undoubtedly face: terrorists, crime, drug gangs, the possibility of Euro-style debt riots, civil unrest or natural disaster.

Governments must commit to sound economic and financial policies.

This is how we ensure reform in the euro area - and our independence.

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