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You were together in Europe with François Mitterrand, with Helmut Kohl, with Jacques Delors... Is there a need for figures of a greater caliber that the current ones in the EU?

Yes. We need figures like them. Felipe González and Köhl were able to advance the European Union. Aznar and Blair did not. Today, with Sarkozy, Berlusconi, the Irish and British politicians do not walk in a manner acceptable. And Zapatero lacks vision and leadership. Yes. Figures are needed as there were before: illusion or interested in positive developments in the European Union.

by PerCLupi on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 04:34:29 AM EST
Interestingly to the direct question Felipe replies
I don't want to fall to the temptation of [thinking] the past is always better When I was in the Europe one also heard that where were the Konrad Adenauer, this or that other...
but in the answer to a different question he really says there aren't even 5 European leaders able to set a common direction:
I don't pretend that all 27 go on the same path, that will not be possible, but I aspire that one day there will be a kernel of five or six political leaders able to coordinate with the Commission and with the European Council to set the pattern.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 05:06:04 AM EST
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