European Parliament, 23 March 2011
Thank you for the contributions and views expressed. They reflect the weight of the stakes of tomorrow's European Council.
I trust the messages sent will be heard in all corners of Europe. It is fair to say that the European Union will have profoundly evolved after this March. The financial crisis, which turned into an economic recession and then to a sovereign debt and banking crisis, has forced Europe to seek new ways forward, to consider all possible options, and to take decisions with long lasting consequences.