The fusion (of economic functions) would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State.— Jean Monnet
Strong European Union quotations
If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.
When I saw how the European Union was developing, it was very obvious what they had in mind was not democratic. In Britain, you vote for a government so the government has to listen to you, and if you don't like it you can change it.
A united Europe is our Continent's only chance to avoid falling off the world's radar. The heads of government of Germany, France and the United Kingdom also know that their voice is only heard internationally because they speak through the megaphone of the European Union.
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!
Transforming the European Union into a single State with one army, one constitution and one foreign policy is the critical challenge of the age
The European Union, which is not directly responsible to voters, provides an irresistible opportunity for European elites to seize power in order to impose their own vision on a newly socially regimented Europe.
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.
If we get the capabilities, NATO, along with the European Union, can do amazing things.
Europe is my home, Europe is my continent.
Europe is where we live. The European Union is a political bureaucratic organization that took away our identity and our national sovereignty. So, I would get rid of the European Union and be a nation-state again.
If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union.
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.
Albania, Macedonia and Greece have managed to create a good partnership in the south of the Continent and are making progress in blocking the spread of the conflict. But any spillover could destroy this European-oriented partnership and create problems for the European Union countries themselves.
It is the hope of the European Union that Ariel Sharon will keep the peace process alive and continue the dialogue according to the wishes of all the parties involved.
We have used the presence of UNMIK, as well as other European and American agencies to establish a legal framework compatible with the European Union and that is already an advantage. We have seen the positive effects of this and our parliament will continue to go this way.
The European Union Treaty... within a few years will lead to the creation of what the founding fathers of modern Europe dreamed of after the war, the United States of Europe.
Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks;
our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We're the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.
I will not say the fact that there are no European Union observers at an election means that it will not be fair and free.
There have been major disagreements within the European Union.
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.
It is not acceptable that European Union countries are divided into those who give and those who take.
Climate change is a crucial issue in todays global agenda.
Hopefully, we will wake up to this reality, sooner rather than later. Pressure has been mounting on European Union Member States to act decisively to fight global warming. A bold target has been set reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 by 2020.
The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
When the problems in Libya started, the African Union set up a committee to address the situation. We urgently advised the Europeans not to intervene. You have done so anyway. Now we are seeing absolute chaos there.
We must go back to teach Europeans to love Europe.
The crisis in Ukraine is all the European Union's fault.
Its leaders negotiated a trade deal with Ukraine, which essentially blackmailed the country to choose between Europe and Russia.
While we're members of the European Union, we don't have an immigration policy.
We can't have an immigration policy. It's a charade for people to pretend we do.
You can't deepen the European Union against the wishes of the European countries.
Our shared histories and common values make us natural trading partners and we will continue to work with both the United Kingdom and the European Union as we move forward with this new decision.
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.
Article 50 governs the exit from the European Union and here there can also be no renegotiation.
The integration of Europe was very much led by a Germany that was always willing to pay a little bit extra to reach a compromise that everybody accepted, because Germany was so eager to get European support for reunification. That was called the "farsighted vision," which created the European Union.
My second job has been to try to use my power to create institutions of a modern state that could enter the European Union, and there was very little time. The door was closing, and I wanted to get Bosnia through before it shut.
China is not only formidable, it is also aggressively building its own economic infrastructure. Just a few years from now, China will rival the U.S. and the European Union in global market power. It already has surpassed us in population.