EP Conference of Presidents open to all Members:
- statements by Political groups leaders
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 07/11/2012 First transmission: 07/11/2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid an official visit today to the European Parliament in Brussels. Her official visit to the European Parliament takes place less than two weeks before the special summit on the EU multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the European Parliament to discuss the future of the European Union and solutions to the current financial and economic crisis.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Atmosphere ahead the meeting EP Political leaders arrivals (10 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "We are convinced Mrs Chancellor that there is a great time to have a real debate, without taboos, on own resources. We do need these own resources to guarantee the European budget, to maintain the added value of Europe and make things easier for the national budgets."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "Our Parliament is the Parliament of the Eurozone, and is here that you will have a democratic debate, transparent and responsible with the ECB. It is not true what some people are saying that euro is concerning only 17 countries. In reality it concerns 26 Member States."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "Your life history demonstrates how important it is a free and united Europe. We in the EPP trust you that you are going to take more initiatives for more Europe." End of speech and applause.
||SOUNDBITE (GERMAN) Hannes SWOBODA (PSE, AT): "Mrs Chancellor, the Bundestag said we have to support the Banking Union, so we so why are you so hesitant? Why the endless discussions with François Hollande? Recapitalisation is not working, look what's happening in Spain. Are we going to leave Spain and Ireland alone in the cold, without any help? I don't think we should do that."
||SOUNDBITE (GERMAN) Hannes SWOBODA (PSE, AT): "The extreme austerity politics are not functioning, this is an experiment of the protectionist politics and it ahs to come to an end. We have to coordinate the social politicies with research and development politicies and the investment politicies. The unemployment is particularly high for the young people and this is unacceptable in today's Europe." End of speech and applause.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT: "Let's not longer think that with half measures we can solve the problem of the euro. The euro is unsustainable and the euro can disappear if we do not create a real European State with all the building blocks, with all the ingredients as the Americans have already put in place, I should say, 200 hundreds years ago. And what does it means? It means a true European government, a true European democracy, a real European budget, a real European treasury and finally do not forget also European bond market, a European bond market, that is the only way to solve the problem of the too high interest rates today in the European Union, that is the choice we have: either we make the step to a federal Europe, or we have problems."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Rebecca HARMS (Greens-EFA, DE): "Vice circle is getting worse. It starts with austerity policies and leads to recession and that is worsening the situation in Portugal, Spain and Italy and other states may follow Greece. And this is something that you should to note as analytical physicist, and Germany should get over this one-side approach and have a new debate about other instruments which we need urgently, not to keep the euro stable but to keep the European Union together."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Miartin CALLANAN (ECR, UK): "And even the greatest optimist can see that the euro zone governance arrangements that you've talked about today and want to put in place, will take years to implement. Even Germany, I am afraid, does not have the kind of money that will buy us enough time for those to be implemented".
||Cutaways (3 shots)