Conclusions of the European Council meeting (8-9 December 2011):
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 13/12/2011 First transmission: 13/12/2011
- MEPs debate
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "I respect the decisions taken, but British isolation clearly shows that the UK's government regards the EU as a simple free-trade area. It has no consideration for solidarity and responsibility towards its partners and that in my view implies a change in the behaviour of the 26 and also to an extent within the European institutions. In particular I think that the 'British rebate' is now for question. Fellow citizens tax money should be spent on something else than compensating selfish nationalism. Solidarity is not a one way street, it's time to explain to Mr Cameron's governing coalition and remind them on their obligations, particularly in terms of financial regulation for which they've even asked for derogation, which luckily was refused".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ (S&D, DE): "We won't start again a debate on any kind of Treaty changes because we said that you would then get that attempt at blackmail. The UK will only agree to a Treaty change if they get an opt-out to the 'working time' directive and also no further regulation on the financial markets; those were the two prices that the UK asked for to be paid and the 26 other member states were of course not ready to pay that price. And I think that's a good signal that they've sent. We cannot allow ourselves to be blackmailed and it's really in the UK 'city' that the speculators are seating, the ones who have draught us into this deep financial crisis. And they want no further regulation! Well, we cannot accept that".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTAD (ALDE, BE): "I think that after a few nights David Cameron will also come to the conclusion that he made a blunder of a lifetime. If he really wanted to obtain additional guarantees for the 'City' he needs to be at the negotiation table. Why? Because in politics there is one golden rule: you only walk away if you are sure that the other will come after you to win you back. That's a reality. Kohl and Mitterrand did it with Ms Thatcher. But to say it with an English expression: 'when you are invited at a table, either it is as a guest or otherwise you are part of the menu. That can happen now."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Rebecca HARMS (Greens, DE):"Angela Merkel claims that the state indebtedness is the sole central problem that brought us this crisis. Consequently her sole answer is the austerity policy. But that's not enough because in this situation we find ourselves precisely looking at the result of this one-sided German austerity mentality imposed on everybody else in the EU".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel FARAGE (EFD, UK): "The European debate has now started in earnest. Cameron does not know what he's unleashed. I think the momentum for us to have a referendum to divorce ourselves from these failing structures and to replace it with a genuine free-trade agreement now is unstoppable momentum and that is good for the UK and it's good for Scotland and it will be good for your financial sector based in Edinburgh which provides many many jobs in Scotland".
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