EP2014

Candidates’ quotes: 18 April

Juncker (EPP), Schulz (PES), Verhofstadt (ALDE), Bové & Keller (Greens) and Tsipras (GUE/NGL). Sources : Wikimedia Commons (EPP; Superbenjamin; White House; David Monniaux; Sarah Benke; FrangiscoDer). For licence to reuse, check the relevant links.

Juncker (EPP), Schulz (PES), Verhofstadt (ALDE), Bové & Keller (Greens) and Tsipras (GUE/NGL).
Sources : Wikimedia Commons (EPP; Superbenjamin; White House; David Monniaux; Sarah Benke; FrangiscoDer). For licence to reuse, check the relevant links.

Martin Schulz (PES)

Subsidiarity: “Finnish experts know better how to manage water in Finland than Brussels-based experts. As President of the Commission, I will ensure the Commission interferes less with Member States’ domestic policy.” (Twitter)

Democracy: “Europe must serve the citizens, be close to them. That is how we will be able to progress, like with the banking union which is a great victory for the European Parliament. […] Citizens need to know who decides what in Europe and who is responsible for what. The Commission must fully answer to the European Parliament.”

European Youth: “We must do everything to make sure this generation is not a lost generation. It needs to regain hope!” (Cirque d’Hiver)

Social dumping: “Free movement is one of our strengths; it shall not be misused by unscrupulous employers, it shall be respected.”

The EU: “We must not destroy the EU; on the contrary, this great historic gift, we must defend it!”

Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP)

Unemployment: “I want to put all my energy in the fight against unemployment, even if this means working day and night.” (Twitter)

Growth and deficits: “There is no growth on the basis of deficits.” (EU debate, Twitter)

Social rights: “We must introduce a common minimum base for social rights. […] We should introduce in all Member States a minimum wage. […] Social issues are not the monopole of socialists.” (EU debate, Twitter)

Foreign policy: “Europe can only succeed and be a world power by working together.” (Facebook)

Future Commission: “I will make sure there is a better balance between political forces within the Commission.” (EU debate, Twitter)

Alexis Tsipras (GUE/NGL)

Deficit & debt: “We need to stop taking into account only economic indicators. I don’t see why we should all agree with a maximum of 3% of the PIB for the current account deficit, and 60% of the PIB for debt, with a limit of 2% for inflation… without considering unemployment rates or minimum salary levels as indicators of viability. A country can reach 3% of current account deficit by levelling completely the society… It doesn’t mean it’s a viable country.” (Mediapart)

Euroscepticism & radical left: “We are a truly pro-European force. By the way, we don’t recognise geographic borders within Europe, only social borders.” (Mediapart)

Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE)

Europe & sovereignty: “We need a Europe that offers concrete solutions. […] Powerlessness in front of markets is not inevitable. […] Only a united Europe can give us back our sovereignty.” (Dailymotion)

A new Europe: “It is here and now that we must create hope in favour of a new, more efficient and more democratic Europe.” (Dailymotion)

José Bové & Ska Keller (Greens)

Free exchange: “We must rebuild the architecture of exchanges. Free exchange is the end of local production.” (Bové, Twitter)

Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): “The reform of the CAP was a failure. Farmers in Eastern Europe receive less help than those in Western Europe. The CAP’s ‘greening’ was also weakened. The environment will continue to deteriorate.” (France Inter)

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