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Any union that can't accept workers choosing their own representatives through universal franchise is finished.
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Cinema explains American society. It's like a Western, with good guys and bad guys, where the weak don't have a place.
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Clinton and Gore told me that they were elected in order to bring some compassion to this society. But they have not managed to change much.
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Contrary to what people say, my wife never turned me away from the presidency. She told me to reflect on it and do what I wanted.
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Even in Britain, the trade unions tell me that employment contracts have less protection than in the past.
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For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility.
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Fundamentally, American society is composed of individuals who don't go out of their way to do each other favours.
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I am being careful not to disperse my energies, so that, when the right moment comes, I can intervene by putting the right question.
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I cannot resign myself to thi decline of Europe, and of France.
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I had to think whether, after 50 years of hard slog, I was still lucid and fresh enough for the job.
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I thought that I wouldn't have been able to get my ideas implemented. It wasn't simply about whether I could win.
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I would not be opposed to devising a new system of pensions, in which one part was based on collective provision, but which also gave incentives for people to take out an additional, personal plan.
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If you don't have collective agreements between unions and employers, governments have to legislate more.
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It is impossible to speak of citizenship in Europe without posing the question of the current weakening of democracy within each of our countries.
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Meanwhile, because decisions become more and more complex, this favours the emergence of experts, bureaucrats and technocrats.
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My presidential victory, if it had happened, would have been artificial in relation to the Socialist party. It may be that on my deathbed, I will come to regret my decision, but for the moment, I live at peace with it.
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My problem is how to find the best way of being useful.
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Swedish social democracy used to be my ideal model, yet by the 1980s their state had started to take 56 per cent of national income.
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The bloodshed emptied us of our energy and resources, and we have never been able to regain the influence that had been ours.
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The countries that share this conception should be able to go further together, without excluding the others, since they can still live in a greater community of exchange and co-operation.
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The driving force behind the liberal counter-offensive in Europe has been a reaction against irresponsibility.
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The European model is in danger if we obliterate the principle of personal responsibility.
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The European model is, first, a social and economic system founded on the role of the market, for no computer in the world can process information better than the market.
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The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.
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The problem with a purely collective system is not only that it requires economic growth, and the right sort of demographic trends, but that it prevents people thinking about their futures in a responsible way.
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The real problem, which our contemporaries by and large do not see, is that Europe has been in historical decline since the First World War.
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The unions may continue to decline, but if they do, it'll be their fault.
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The unions still have a job to do, representing their members' interests to governments and parliaments. And I think collective agreements still have a role, alongside markets and laws.
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Therefore one should speak at the same time of national citizenship and wider European citizenship.
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These days there are not enough of such intermediary groups, between the state and the individual, with the result that political leaders are often unduly guided by opinion polls.
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This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.
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This weakening is worsened by the widening distance between the governed and their governments.
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We have to struggle against the conservatives from all sides, not only the right-wingers, but also the left-wing conservatives who don't want to change anything.
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Yes, the European model remains superior to that of America and Japan.
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Yes, though these days you can't just fix things with a quick meeting of ministers, party leaders and trade unionists, like Monnet did.
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