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EU candidates’ quotes: 2 May

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.

Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE)

Energy policy: “The EU needs interconnectivity and an energy super-grid is a priority for me.” (Twitter)

Economy: “A European employment scheme would not create jobs for young people. We need to relaunch the EU economy. […] Without budgetary discipline, you can’t build growth.” (Twitter)

Men-Women parity: “If I were to become Commission President, my college will have 50/50 of men and women.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Common Defence Policy: “A functioning European defence community as a pillar of NATO is a key for a more credible EU foreign policy.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Commission: “A radical shift is needed. The European Council badly managed the crisis. The Commission needs to lead, not call Berlin and Paris for permission to move.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

José Bové & Ska Keller (Greens)

Russia & Ukraine: “It’s important that the European Union makes a very clear signal that we do not accept the Russian action in Ukraine, in Crimea. But it should not be a competition of who demands more sanctions. We have to give the priority to dialogue.” (Ska Keller, EU debate on Euronews)

Energy policy: “It is also important to reduce our energetic dependency on Russia. We have to look for other sources of energy, and in Europe we have sun, wind and other renewable energies. We could have 100% renewable energies by 2050.” (Ska Keller, EU debate on Euronews)

Alexis Tsipras (GUE/NGL)

Ukraine: “In regards to Ukraine the Left urges all sides to respect international law and avoid nationalism. The EU has a responsibility in this case.” (Twitter)

Immigration: “The Mediterranean sea has become the cemetery of desperate people who cannot live in their own lands. We need to change treaties on immigration. Europe is open to capital and markets but closed to people who need to immigrate. It’s a shame we’re losing our humanism.”

Martin Schulz (PES)

Commission President: “I want to be the first Commission President who is the result of a democratic vote.” (Euranet Plus debate, Twitter)

Children’s rights: “Children’s rights such as access to basic public services, to health care and quality education are being violated. This I will not stand for as Commission President. It’s completely unacceptable that millions of children are living at risk poverty in the world’s wealthiest continent.” (PES website)

Energy policy: “A goal is to come to an end of nuclear energy and replace it with renewable energy.” (Twitter)

Traineeships: “Irresponsible hiring and firing of trainee doesn’t help young people develop a career. […] Not all jobs are good jobs. We have a generation of highly skilled youth exploited through unpaid internships.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Russia & Ukraine: “I did not criticise or refuse sanctions, quite the contrary. I am in favour of sanctions, if necessary. But before we decide to adopt tough sanctions, let’s try to find a way for diplomatic solutions because the sanctions will also have impact on us.” (Speech in Romania)

Jean-Claude Juncker (EPP)

Power of citizens: “The real power is not with the Council or with the Commission, it is with the people. If you don’t vote, your views won’t be represented.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Digital Single Market: “Completing the digital single market would bring an extra €500 billion over the next five years. This is the kind of growth without debt that we need.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

TTIP: “A trade agreement with the US cannot compromise our data protection, cultural or social standards.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Energy policy: “We need a true European energy union with the ability to reverse flows. I will never accept that people get their gas cut off.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

Immigration: “I am not in favour of opening the floodgates. […] We need more solidarity in immigration policy.” (EU debate on Euronews, Twitter)

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