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Norway or Switzerland are two marvelous countries, I very much admire, the most advanced countries in the world in fact with great qualities of life.

Decisions taken by the most democratic institutions in the world are very often wrong.

I have full confidence in the IMF. It is a very strong international institution.

Smart, sustainable, inclusive growth is the key to job-creation and the future prosperity of Europe.

Let us not forget that the European Community started as a project for peace after the terrible Second World War. And today people take for granted the freedom to travel, to study, to work abroad. And the citizens of one country have almost exactly the same rights as another country.

What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.

I think diversity can also be a resource, an asset, especially in a world that is becoming globalized, to deal with difference, to deal with variety, to deal with complexity.

A new state, if it wants to join the European Union, has to apply to become a member of the European Union like any state.

By the way, the European Union Member States together - even the euro area Member States together - are by far the biggest contributors to the IMF.

Even when governments take the right steps to reform, these can be negatively impacted by events outside their control.

Financial transaction tax raises problems of competition.

For investor confidence, it is important that there is certainty about the future of Ireland in E.U.

Governments are not always right.

Growth based on debt is unsustainable, artificial.

I am a very committed European.

I believe that Europe without Britain at the heart will be less reform-driven, less open, less international Europe.

I don't know why my son was born conservative.

I say to my friends, 'Don't just listen to the vuvuzelas; look at who scores the goals.' And this is the important thing.

I'll put it frankly - Britain has more influence in China than Norway or Switzerland, with all respect for the other countries.

In the age of globalisation, pooled sovereignty means more power, not less.