16 Apr 2014

Category:Speeches

Mr President, it is perhaps appropriate that what may be the last contributions of Presidents Daul, Swoboda and Cohn-Bendit should be in a solemn debate to reflect on the past. Whilst we have many political differences which we no doubt will continue to argue about on future occasions in other forums, I would like to […]

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05 Nov 2013

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Presidents, my group welcomes the progress made by Council on deregulation, promoting trade, readiness to bring Eastern Partners closer, and completing the single market in digital services. Separately, President Barroso now says that the EU should meddle less in matters which are properly the business of our national governments. I hope the commission as a […]

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11 Sep 2013

Category:Speeches

“Europe needs a new direction. And, that direction cannot be based on old ideas. Europe needs a new thinking.” These are not my words Mr Barroso, they are your words, from the equivalent speech last year. The problem is that, yet again, you haven’t delivered on any of these big promises and grand rhetoric. Your […]

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02 Jul 2013

Category:Speeches

We keep debating unemployment and poor growth. But what enduring steps are we taking to solve this crisis?We’re taking some. But not nearly enough. Why is that? Because too often vested interests are obstructing the reforms that we desperately need. We fail to see that more laws, more initiatives, and more red tape harm businesses […]

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15 Mar 2013

Category:Speeches

Mr President, let me start with the MFF deal reached at the last European Council. I know that many speakers here, such as Mr Cohn-Bendit and Mr Hughes, have said that they are tired of austerity and that they want a quick return to the spend, spend, spend mentality of the past, when governments tried […]

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15 Mar 2013

Category:Speeches

Mr President, may I start by joining with the other group leaders and paying tribute to you and to your brave armed forces for the current operation in Mali. Your troops, aided by British and other Member States’ forces, are risking their lives to protect us, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. […]

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