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Are we all clear that we want to build something that can aspire to be a world power - not just a trading bloc, but a political entity?
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As Nazism showed, you can never absolutely exclude a military option.
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At home, in Italy, the minority problem emerges only in one case: in connection to the German speakers in North Tyrol.
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Berlusconi is no longer fit to lead our country.
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Britain has decided not to hold a referendum on Europe so it has not approved the European position. Evidently it believes in a policy which is more independent of the EU.
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But at this moment, diplomacy is the only realistically useful means to consider. We already have Iraq to worry about.
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But Italy can only have any real influence on world affairs if it carries weight in Europe.
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But step by step people will understand that you need an active policy, not just a policy of pushing people back into the sea.
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Certainly I shall not make any coup de theatre as was done by the Spanish.
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Democracies must have equilibrium... and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
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Do you think that, as a major country in Europe, we could play the same role of the problem child that we did for such a long time? No. Certainly not. There is a time in history when somebody must say no, enough is enough, and I did it.
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First of all, I would like to note how satisfied I am. When we launched the enlargement project, many believed we attempted the impossible. Yet, we have made it.
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Foreign policy can mean several things, not only foreign policy in the narrow sense. It can cover foreign policy, relations with the developing world, and enlargement as well.
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Furthermore, we will be in a more advantageous situation, since we will have on board the commissioners of the countries concerned in the single issues.
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He uses statistics like a drunk uses lamp-posts, more for support than illumination.
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I am not a newcomer, you know, so I want to be judged for what I did when I was prime minister last time in Italy and president of the European Commission for more than five years.
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I am not overconfident.
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I believe that European initiatives must have one clear characteristic without which they cannot be called European, and that is to keep the door open to all members. That is true of monetary, defence and any other area.
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I can't offer them any hope for such entertainment. But entertaining didn't get us very far.
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I don't want to interfere with the future decisions the next Commission will get and I want to create a framework in which their decisions can be taken freely.
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I don't want to pass a punitive law, or use politics as a vendetta.
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I had lengthy experience cooperating with two American administrations. We really worked side by side. There was simply one division, you know: Iraq.
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I think Berlusconi has tried to play the second kind of game, Washington against Brussels, and the result is that Italy is out of any game.
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I thought that the Iraqi war was absolutely damaging our interests and world interests and would become a nightmare. And now I don't want to say I was right, but let us simply put the real problem on the table.
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If I win, then we shall decide an agenda for withdrawing the troops.
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If you want to be a popular politician, maybe my way is not the most politically intelligent, because there is a real fear about immigration.
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In that respect, Italy is like Spain. In our mind there's a correlation between development, modernity and Europe. So Europe in the minds of most Italians has a positive meaning.
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In the darkest days of European history, America stood close by us and today we stand close by America, nothing will ever be the same.
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It is becoming more widely acknowledged that it is better to have a good constitution than not having a perfect one.
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Italy is divided between us and them, rich and poor, north and south, young and old, employed and unemployed.
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Moreover, resolving the mother of all problems - the Israeli-Palestinian question - requires cooperation between Europe and the U.S.
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My policy is first of all stronger cooperation with the countries from which they come.
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No one wants to lose their job, or cede the power they've acquired.
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Now that all of the candidates are known, final negotiations will have to take place with the current members of the Commission before the list can be prepared. However, let me stress that we will have ten outstanding new members!
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Our work is like a process really. There are always lots of issues on our agenda. Among the big ones, I could refer to the financial perspectives, the preparation of the next common budget for the period after 2007. Another is the question of the kick off of the accession negotiations with Turkey.
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Second, you need a more realistic policy in which you control, guide and legalize people.
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The absolute priority is the relaunching of the economy.
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The Italian economy is certainly the weakest of the big European countries.
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The problem of Italy is not really a question of age. Japan has an older population, and it is now in full economic recovery. The problem is that Italy is old in the structure of the society.
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Think what a revolution it will be if we manage to get everyone to pay their taxes.
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This is why I am convinced that if you want to be the friend of the United States you must be in a European environment.
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To play with Brussels against Washington is silly, to play with Washington against Brussels is silly.
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We are always in need of foreign policy and finance experts.
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We have virtually no big companies, but we have around 2,050 small to medium ones that will be the backbone of our economy.
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We need a strong relationship not just with France and Germany but also with the so-called group of six, countries like Belgium and Luxembourg - but not the Netherlands.
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We will start by reducing labor costs in a very targeted way, and at the same time we will send a very clear message to the worldwide markets that we have a strategy for reducing the deficit and trimming the national debt.
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Whether or not we will be a driving force, time will tell but member states must realise that they cannot have an advanced monetary policy on the one hand, and an old-fashioned economic policy on the other. The two must be linked.
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Why do the Germans have no trade problems with China? They import more, but they export more.
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With the close result, there's been an immediate consolidation of the coalition. When there's a narrow majority, you have to coordinate your moves carefully.
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You are important in Washington if you are important in Brussels.
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You make very nice rules, you make agreements, you shake hands, but you know generally the exchange of information is only on specific cases when things have already happened.
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