Ministerial Exam

A quote from Sam Fox, U.S. ambassador to Belgium, 8 June 2007, leaked by Wikileaks and published by De Standaard:

"We note, however, that no one ever went broke betting on the ability of Belgian politicians to eat their own words when it comes to choosing a ministerial seat."

No Democracy Without National Identity

A quote from Daniel Hannan in the European Parliament, 19 January 2011, reading from his book "The New Road To Serfdom - A Letter Of Warning to America":

Faced with a choice between democracy and supra-nationalism, the European Union almost always opts for supra-nationalism and nowhere is this clearer than in its policy in the Western Balkans. We are maintaining to all intents and purposes protectorates in Bosnia, in Kosovo and arguably even in Macedonia for the sole purpose of preventing ethnographic boundaries along the lines of what local people there would choose.

"To Avenge The Defeat At Vienna"

A quote from Eric Edelman, U.S. ambassador to Turkey, 30 December 2004, published by Wikileaks:

"We have also run into the rarely openly-spoken, but widespread belief among adherents of the Turk-Islam synthesis that Turkey's role is to spread Islam in Europe, 'to take back Andalusia and avenge the defeat at the siege of Vienna in 1683' as one participant in a recent meeting at AKP's main think tank put it. "

€3000 Fine for Insulting Belgium

 

A quote from the UKIP website, 2 March 2010

UKIP MEP Leader Nigel Farage was informed this afternoon by Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, that he had decided to fine him €3000 for his comments relating to Mr van Rompuy and Belgium. The fine represents 10 days pay, and is the maximum allowable under the rules of the European Parliament. Mr Buzek imposed it after Mr Farage declined earlier today to apologise for his comments.

Mr Farage said: "Free speech is an expensive business in the European Parliament."

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