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The impression that I get of her is that she's a lady out of her depth, meaning that she is reaching the very edge of her skills now. And I think it's starting to show.feedback
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Sep 12 2017
Guy Verhofstadt has been quoted 114 times. The one recent article where Guy Verhofstadt has been quoted is 'A lady out of her depth reaching the edge of her skills' - EU Parliament leaders mock Theresa May. Most recently, Guy Verhofstadt was quoted as having said, “The impression that I get of her is that she's a lady out of her depth, meaning that she is reaching the very edge of her skills now. And I think it's starting to show.”.
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Aug 30 2017 - Brexit

If it goes very slow, as is the case at the moment, it will be very difficult to say there is sufficient progress when we are in October. That has to do with the fact naturally that we need from both sides the position papers on every issue, before you can really start the negotiation. If only one party around the table is putting a position and the other party is not responding then it is difficult to start a negotiation.feedback

Aug 15 2017

To be in & out of the customs union & 'invisible borders' is a fantasy.feedback

Jul 22 2017 - Brexit

We have decided to make a resolution in October/November indicating whether sufficient progress has been made. It will be very important when, at the end of October and the beginning of November, we assess whether we can go into phase two.feedback

Jul 10 2017

If implemented, it would cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of millions of Europeans.feedback

Jun 26 2017 - Brexit

At first glance, there is at least one element that makes a difference – namely the commitment to simplify existing administrative procedures. However, a number of limitations remain worrisome and will have to be carefully assessed.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

I am glad that we are sticking to the negotiating timetable, which is already quite tight. Let's now, first of all, make progress in the field of citizens' rights and create legal certainty for both our people and our companies.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

We are waiting for a clear British position.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - French election 2017

I agree. But like Alice in Wonderland, not all the doors are the same. It will be a brand new door, with a new Europe, a Europe without rebates, without complexity, with real powers and with unity.feedback

Jun 13 2017 - Brexit

We wait for the moment the position of the UK. It is unclear, in any case for me, if the UK government will stick to the line that they announced in the letter of 29 March or whether they will change it taking into account the outcome of the election.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Brexit

Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May, will make already complex negotiations even more complicated.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Brexit

Will the election of more Tory (Conservative) MPs give May a greater chance of securing a better Brexit deal? For those sitting around the table in Brussels, this is an irrelevance.feedback

May 11 2017 - Brexit

We will never give consent if the issues of citizens' rights, on both sides, has not been dealt with in a satisfactory way. What we could do is to envisage and to offer as part of the future agreement, a possibility for UK citizens who have lost their citizenship … certain advantages, privileges, treatment.feedback

May 07 2017 - Populism

We supported him from the very start. I am relieved by his defeat of demagoguery and populism. I am also proud of his commitment to a social, liberal European project.feedback

May 03 2017

We cannot ask to the 27 remaining members to pay the bill for the departure of a country. You can't just say 'My partner will take all the burden.feedback

May 02 2017 - Brexit

Any Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking - it's time to get real.feedback

May 02 2017 - French Presidential Debate

Political action will completely change.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Brexit

The creation of a European constituency could help to re-invigorate and democratise the Union after what may be bruising divorce proceedings.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - European Parliament

A solution has to be found for the seats made vacant in the European Parliament after Brexit. The size of the Parliament should be reduced to below 700, but Brexit provides a window of opportunity to establish of a limited number of transnational seats.feedback

Apr 27 2017

Is it not the time to ask yourself in your soul how you will be remembered in the future? Do you want to be remembered as somebody that liberated your country from Communism – and that you did – or do you want to be commemorated as an eternal enemy of our open European democratic society. That's the choice you have to make now.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Article 50

The theory espoused by some, that Theresa May is calling a general election on Brexit in order to secure a better deal with the EU, is nonsensical. We can only conclude that many British politicians and the media still don't fathom how article 50 will work in practice. Will the election of more Tory MPs give Theresa May a greater chance of securing a better Brexit deal? For those sitting around the table in Brussels, this is an irrelevance.feedback

Apr 22 2017

As the Observer has reported, leaving the European Union means the EU agencies based in the United Kingdom will be relocated.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Brexit

Many in Brussels remain concerned that the chances of a deal are being eroded by the British prime minister's tough negotiating red lines and her lack of political room for manoeuvre domestically, yet there is no guarantee that a sprinkling of additional Conservative MPs on the backbenches of the House of Commons will provide this. As with the Brexit referendum, which many European leaders saw as a Tory cat-fight that got out of control, I have little doubt many on the continent see this election as once again motivated by the internal machinations of the Tory party.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Brexit

The BBC video of Brenda from Bristol, so openly decrying another political campaign, was viewed far beyond the white cliffs of Dover. Indeed, it appears this election is being driven by the political opportunism of the party in government, rather than by the people they represent. I expect this will be approved by EU leaders as soon as June, if not before. Contrary to the obscure claims by UK government officials, the EU's 'crown jewels' of the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency will not remain in a post-Brexit Britain, paid for by EU countries.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Article 50

This is not, as the Daily Express has already decried, a 'punishment'. This is another logical consequence of Theresa May's article 50 letter. This decision will not be up for negotiation.feedback

Apr 05 2017

All commitments have to be taken on board, all liabilities have to be on the table, also the contingent liabilities. Well, it will be easy at the end, because if you agree on the principles, than you apply the principles and you have the figure. So that's the reason why you don't find the figure in the resolution, but a clear principle on how to deal with the financial settlement.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Perhaps it was always impossible to unite Great Britain with the continent.feedback

Mar 30 2017

I tried to be a gentleman towards a lady, so I didn't even use or think about the use of the word blackmail. I think the security of our citizens is far too important to start a trade-off of one and the other. Both are absolutely necessary in the future partnership without bargaining this one against the other.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Terrorism

A big mistake that we could make from both sides is to start with launching threats to each other.feedback

Mar 29 2017

I cannot, as a gentleman, even imagine that a lady as Mrs. May is using blackmail, is thinking of blackmail.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - European Parliament

We vote no – that is possible. It has happened in a number of other cases that a big international multilateral agreement was voted down by the European Parliament after it was concluded.feedback

Mar 29 2017 - European Court of Justice

The withdrawal agreement will be an act of union law. An act of union law is naturally controlled by the European court of justice. It is as simple as that. The withdrawal agreement will be nothing outside the treaties. So automatically the court of justice is competent.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Treaty of Rome

On the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, and faced with an explosion of Eurosceptic nationalism, the EU stands at a crossroads. Radical reform is needed. Tomorrow, EU leaders past and present will gather in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, the forerunner to the European Union.feedback

Mar 23 2017

The EU is a community of the rule of law. We must not stand aside and watch this any longer.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Put me in the middle that's not a problem!feedback

Mar 22 2017

The multi-speed already exists today, let's be honest.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Treaty of Rome

I think it's an absolute necessity that we go in that direction otherwise this continent will not survive. So I think it's a good opportunity to remember not only the treaty of Rome but mainly the initial ideas of the founding fathers of the European Union : a political union, an economic union, a defence union, and that's exactly what we need for the coming decades I think.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Refugees

When they say for example that we are not capable of managing the refugee crisis, I agree. When they are saying that we have no good results in tackling the financial crisis, I agree. When they all say that the European Union is too bureaucratic, I agree but the response, the solution for that is not to go back in history and fall back into the old style nation states that have created so much trouble and so much tragedy in the 20th century.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Syria conflict

Well it wouldn't work. It will be, in any case, a core group taking the lead. More or less 20 countries, maybe more 25 countries, going forward and then a number of other countries who will come in later on. That I see as a possibility. What I see is the opposite for the moment. After the Brexit referendum, in most of the countries we see that people want more Europe. Yes, look for example what is happening in Syria. What did we do in Syria? Nothing at all. But we have the fallout, all the negative consequences of the conflict in Syria. So I think it's time now to organise ourselves.feedback

Mar 14 2017

It's absolutely key that the EP is involved from day one in these negotiations. Because we, at the end, within two years from now, we have to give the consent on this final agreement and it will be a very difficult moment because it's two months before the European elections that we need to give our consent and we will only give our consent if the agreement is in line with our opinion and our redlines we have indicated.feedback

Mar 10 2017

All British citizens today have also EU citizenship. That means a number of things: the possibility to participate in the European elections, the freedom of travel without problem inside the union... We are scrutinising, thinking, debating how we could achieve that.feedback

Mar 10 2017

That individual UK citizens would think their links with Europe are not broken.feedback

Mar 10 2017

We are scrutinising, thinking, debating how we could achieve that … that individual UK citizens would think their links with Europe are not broken.feedback

Mar 10 2017

All British citizens today have also EU citizenship. That means a number of things: the possibility to participate in the European elections, the freedom of travel without problem inside the union. We need to have an arrangement in which this arrangement can continue for those citizens who on an individual basis are requesting it.feedback

Feb 01 2017

We can do one thing that is unite us, fight back as the EU.feedback

Jan 24 2017

The Brexit discussion is a good opportunity not only to discuss and negotiate a new agreement, a new partnership with Britain, but also to fix that now it is time to have a real government in Europe. It is clear the transition needs to be limited in time. I have seen temporary things become eternal. What is far more important is a clear triggering of 50, a clear proposal by the British government and how they see the partnership in the future. We have to see if they ask for a free trade agreement. It could be something different.feedback

Jan 24 2017

We have to conclude before the European elections of 2019.feedback

Jan 18 2017

The "days of U.K. cherry-picking and Europe a la carte are over.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Saying ... we are going to make a sort of free zone or tax haven of Great Britain, I don't think this is useful.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Single market

We shall never accept a situation in which it is better to be outside the EU and the single market than to be a member.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Trump-Putin

It is a first and important step in the building up of a pro-European coalition ... that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Trump-Putin

And that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces. It is key we cooperate to reform our union.feedback

Jan 12 2017 - Populism

Maybe I am a little bit naïve in these questions after more than 40 years of politics, that can happen. And it's not maybe my first mistake that I have made in my life, in my political life. When I see that number of these people are not going to pro-European groups for the moment, at this moment that we are speaking and debating, maybe it was not so a bad thing, it will weaken euroscepticism, weaken populism and weaken nationalism.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Five Star Movement

There are not enough guarantees to push forward a common agenda to reform Europe. There is insufficient common ground to proceed with the request of the Five Star Movement to join the ALDE Group. There remain fundamental differences on key European issues.feedback

Dec 13 2016

The worst thing that can happen is that we return to violence because of this.feedback

Dec 10 2016 - Article 50

Some things cannot wait until treaty change. Therefore, the ability to keep European citizenship for those who risk losing it will be on the table of the upcoming Brexit negotiations and will be discussed at the moment of the parliament's resolution, right after the triggering of article 50 in March.feedback

Sep 08 2016

He and other "Brexiteers" were "rats fleeing a sinking ship.feedback

Jun 28 2016 - Refugees

What makes it so hard for me, and I think the other group leaders and for everybody here in this house, is the way it succeeded (the Brexit). Absolute negative campaign. The posters of Mr Farage showing refugees like in Nazi propaganda because he copied it at that moment.feedback

Jun 21 2016 - Pollution

We need to further boost our investments in technology and innovation aimed at reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.feedback

May 07 2016

The Brexiters do not have a clue what needs to be done.feedback

Feb 18 2016

I am an optimist, I think that they are going to say yes, because they are not so stupid, to give up, first of all, the European Union which is economically important for them, and the City of London for example lives from the payments in euros, more than from the payments in pounds sterling.feedback

Feb 18 2016 - US, Russia relations

And secondly I think foremost geopolitically, I think British citizens know very well, understand very well, that Britain without the European Union is in fact a dwarf on the world level. And the same is true for the European Union, the European Union without Britain is certainly not a strong continent that can compete with China, with Russia, with the US and other powers.feedback

Feb 18 2016

So I think it can be a win win situation. Let's give this special status to Britain and at the same time let's make an agreement in the future with the Treaty change, the Treaty revision, we go forward on the integration of the Union.feedback

Feb 18 2016 - Refugees

So it is time to solve it and to give a special status to Britain as they are asking for, and so that the other members of the EU can go forward in their integration because we need more integration, desperately, to solve the refugee crisis, to solve the security crisis, to strengthen our position on the geopolitical level, the problems with the euro.feedback

Feb 18 2016 - Russia

So I think that with this deal we are preparing for the moment, we can avoid this.feedback

Feb 18 2016 - European Parliament

No it is a specific solution for the request of Britain and my proposal and the proposal of the European Parliament is to give a special status to Britain, because that we have had that discussion for three decades.feedback

Jul 08 2015

I am angry because you are talking about reforms, but we never see concrete proposals of reforms…let's propose to end of privileges in your country, the privileges of the shipowners, the privilege of the military, the privilege of the orthodox Church in your country.feedback

Feb 11 2015 - Europol

Our proposal, alongside Europol, is to create EurIntel. Something at the European level, which could gather and analyse information regarding facts and terrorist attacks.feedback

Nov 26 2014

You can do whatever investment you want in energy, in digital.. If we are at the same time not unifying these markets, and it is also still 28 different markets, it shall not work.feedback

May 23 2014 - Unemployment

If we want to solve problems like climate change, like unemployment, like bad financial products coming from the other side of the ocean, we need European cooperation, we need a European Union [that is] stronger, that can defend its model against China, against India, against the US.feedback

Apr 25 2014

What we have to do is learn from Jacques Delors, Jacques Delors launched the internal market and that created growth for ten years in Europe! We can do exactly the same, we need to do exactly the same!feedback

Dec 17 2013

Without the banking union there cannot be an end to the economic crisis of today, because there is no trust between the banks for the moment in Europe, and the transfer of money between the banks and the real economy is blocked for the moment. So the banking union is the first thing to do.feedback

Oct 25 2013

We have only taken the decision within the European Parliament, that we have to suspend the SWIFT agreement, until we know exactly what is happening: what data is used by the American intelligence services, and if they are doing that within the framework of our agreements, or without the framework of the agreements.feedback

Jun 07 2013

I don't think that's right at all I think the majority of people know very well that if we want economic growth in the future, as well as jobs for young people, we need to have more Europe.feedback

Apr 17 2013

I'm calling for an Article 7 procedure to be opened. Article 7 of the EU treaty say that when we do not measures up to democratic values and principles, and fundamental rights, then member states can start debating, give recommendations and then even sanction the offending country.feedback

Mar 12 2013

What cannot happen is that this plenary session in Strasbourg is ending without a decision of this Parliament on the case of Hungary and without any action of the Commission and any action of the Council.feedback

Mar 12 2013

In fact, what is happening is that Mister Orban is laughing and joking with us by doing this.feedback

Feb 08 2013

But now we'll have a deficit at the European level as a means of fixing their national problems.feedback

Feb 05 2013

I think Hollande should try to convince his colleagues at the European Council to approve a budget for the future of the EU and to avoid bargaining down.feedback

Jul 26 2012

The clock is counting down to midnight for a permanent solution for the debt crisis.feedback

Apr 25 2012

There are too many provisions lacking clarity and certainty as to the way they would be implemented in practice.feedback

Mar 15 2012

I think it is very important that the political leaders in Europe and head of state, and heads of government, are condemning such initiatives. Because they are destroying really the spirit of the European Union.feedback

Jan 19 2012

Hungary is an example of what may happen wherever there is a concentration of crisis tendency with authoritarian means and a policy of nationalistic isolation.feedback

Jan 18 2012

I have here a document, a document of in total 30 breaches of the treaty. So to say that there's no problem today in Hungary, and that there is no big problem, I am astonished by that.feedback

Sep 28 2011

Mr Junker, Mr van Rompuy, Mr Rehn, Mr Barroso, the president of the European Central Bank… We have at least five people who are representing Europe! We need one! And that can only be a senior Commissioner that you have to appoint. Make him 'European Minister of Finance' and all this discussion on who is representing the euro is over!feedback

Feb 03 2011

I think that if the European Union together with the Americans had taken a very firm position from the outset in asking for Mubarak to leave, this violence would have been avoided.feedback

Sep 07 2010

The Roma are Eu-ro-pean citizens, citizens with full rights.feedback

Jul 07 2010

[It], rightly, wants the European authority to have the last word in this matter of financial markets. The entire financial crisis showed that national authorities do not work well, and that we need an authority at European level.feedback

Jun 15 2010

We need the screening by the EU of the national budgets before the final approval by the Parliaments, we need more powers for Eurostat.feedback

Sep 28 2006

What my conclusion is that it is absolutely necessary now to have a negotiation between the European Authorities and the US to find an agreement or maybe a treaty in which we define together what could be the necessary guarantees if we transfer personal data in our fight against terrorism.feedback

Jun 29 2006

All of us react with sorrow, disgust and even powerlessness to this news. It is impossible to work out what drives some people.feedback

May 12 2006

It is important to remember where the ideas of the extreme right can lead. I would also like to ask all communities to react with calm to this cowardly crime.feedback

May 12 2006

We must not let society be sucked into a spiral of violence and hatred. Our society has always been one of tolerance and things must remain that way.feedback

Oct 21 2004 - Pollution

He "regrets DHL's decision not to make the extra effort asked for in order to reduce the noise pollution levels.feedback

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