"Europe faces one of its toughest, perhaps the toughest hour since the Second World War. If the euro fails, then Europe fails. We want to prevent this and we will prevent this."
Angela Merkel (1954–), German chancellor
Source: Speech, Christian Democratic Union party conference, Leipzig (November 14, 2011)
"The franc was like our mum. The euro is like our stepmother."
Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (January 1, 2009)
"Propose to an Englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the English mind is directed to find a difficulty, a defect, or an impossibility in it."
Charles Babbage (1792–1871), British mathematician and inventor
Referring to the British inability to support inventors.
Source: Quoted in The Code Book (Simon Singh, 1999)
"No one can bring together a country that has 265 kinds of cheese."
Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), French president and brigadier general
Said after an electoral setback in 1953.
Source: Quoted in the Economist (London) (June 27, 1992)
"Europe's strength is its diversity, not its uniformity."
Sir John Harvey-Jones (1924–2008), British management adviser, author, and chairman of ICI
Source: Speech (1990)
"Lifestyles around Europe are converging, but tastes are not."
Nicholas Colchester (1949?–1996), British author and journalist
Source: Europe Relaunched (cowritten with David Buchan, 1990)
"Italy is a poor country full of rich people."
Richard Gardner (1927–2003), US diplomat, lawyer, and educator
Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (August 16, 1981)
"Europe has never existed. One must genuinely create Europe."
Jean Monnet (1888–1979), French diplomat and founder of European Community
Source: Quoted in The New Europeans (Anthony Sampson, 1968)
"When an American heiress wants to buy a man, she at once crosses the Atlantic. The only really materialistic people I have ever met have been Europeans."
Mary McCarthy (1912–1989), US author and critic
Source: “America the Beautiful,” Commentary (September 1947)
"The rough broad difference between the American and the European business man is that the latter is anxious to leave his work, while the former is anxious to get to it."
Arnold Bennett (1867–1931), British novelist, playwright, and essayist
Source: Those United States (1926)
"You can tell that our economy is improving at last. For the first time someone has been arrested for counterfeiting the Hungarian currency."
Geza Jeszenszky (1941–), Hungarian politician and writer
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