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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.

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

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.

You have to understand that to have a revolution when you are 18 years old is completely different from normal political leaders who were born in a democracy and will die in a democracy and never to have experienced that change. I have seen that change.

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.

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

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.

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

Internal protectionism in Europe would be deadly, really a disaster for European economies.

My mother wanted me to be a professor, because I have several people in my family who are professors at university.

Norwegian legislation is more in conformity with the rules of the European Union than most member states.

The Eurogroup decisions are always taken unanimously.

Usually I don't comment on comments of others.

Germany is the biggest economy of Europe and we need Germany on board for the economic reforms of Europe, including, of course, the deepening of the internal market, resisting protectionism, and supporting further economic policy coordination.

The dynamic of globalisation in financial and economic terms, but also in geopolitical terms, confronts Europeans with a stark choice: live together, share a common destiny and count in the world; or face the prospect of disunity and decline.