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Above all it is important to point out that we can only maintain our prosperity in Europe if we belong to the most innovative regions in the world.
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Although the Tories, our British counter-parts, are not in power, so one has to try to work out something with those that are make British politics.
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As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.
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But the Russian president speaks such good German, that the chances that I speak German with him are clearly greater.
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Everyone wants a more simple tax system. But if this means that certain tax breaks have to be cut, people are no longer so enthusiastic.
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From this experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.
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Herr Schroder has conducted two electoral campaigns, and he is doing it again now, by not telling people what is really necessary. He keeps avoiding the difficult and uncomfortable issues, those that imply changes and therefore provoke discussions.
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I am not an expert in this field but I do try to keep up to date with the Bundesliga. And I do follow World Cups and European Championships more closely.
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I don't carry any early childhood trauma around with me, if that's what you're hinting at. The story of the bicycles - and there were three of them which were stolen from me - I've dealt with it well.
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I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.
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I felt really sorry for Oliver Kahn. Up to that point he had made lots of saves for the German team. Of course he could have caught the ball but it just happened. It was bad luck. In that situation, you need to be very strong psychologically to carry on.
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I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems.
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I made it clear to him that I planned to adhere to the tradition where the German-French relationship was given a prominent position.
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I think that the EU with the Lisbon agenda has put the right emphasis on growth and employment.
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In Europe it is particularly important that we build good relations to everyone who holds political responsibility because Europe can only be build together.
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In the German football team players from different clubs need to get on with each other both on and off the pitch. In the grand coalition Christian Democrats and Social Democrats sit in the same boat and need to pull in the same direction.
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It certainly is dangerous that there are only a few clubs left in Europe that can afford to pay millions. At the end of the day however, the spectators decide the rates of pay - by watching the games and consuming the goods and services advertised on sports TV programmes.
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It fascinates me that it can be so exciting right up to the last kick of the game. I think that politics is just the same. Footballers need fitness and stamina - as do politicians. Again and again you are presented with opportunities that you have to make the most of.
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It is a fact that, if I single out Germany, our rate of growth is too low and we have very high unemployment.
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It is nonsense to say that Germans are unable to change.
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On the one hand, the financial projection is on the agenda - we will see if this problem can be resolved or not. I think it is a right idea to stage a special summit, which would deal with the question of priorities of European politics.
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Personally, I think that for example the chemical directive in its present form does too much damage to the chemical industry - especially the medium sized businesses - and will hurt our worldwide competitiveness.
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Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures.
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That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
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That makes me think of the 2002 World Cup Final above all else. Nobody thought at the time that our team would get through to the Final against Brazil. We should remember that this summer.
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The majority of decisions in Europe are done by unanimity. That's why it is important to be to have good relations with all parts.
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The people in East Germany have lived through so many changes in the last 15 years like never before in the country, and they did this often with great enthusiasm. But in the West we also have a high degree of transformations.
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The problem is, of course, that these interest groups are all asking for changes, but their enthusiasm for change rapidly disappears when it affects the core of their own interests.
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The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fats enough.
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The unemployed have the weakest lobby. That means their only lobby are politicians so we must make sure we have as few unemployed as possible.
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The willingness to learn new skills is very high.
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Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.
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To be serious, if we were only interested in earning big money then a politician would have to go and work in industry.
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Today's Russia is not to be compared with the Soviet Union of back then.
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We are of course working towards winning an election - but we still do not know whether there will be an election or not.
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We don't have a TV in our holiday home. During the 2002 World Cup Final I had to ask the people in the village if I could watch the game with them.
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Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.
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