EU2010: Catch phrases of the Year

The year is ending, it’s time to look back and points to the key events of the past 365 days. We can for example look at  what European officials said… Here is my selection of the four catch phrases that made the year.

  • «We don’t need a bailout» (and all the variations around this theme) — definitely the sentence of the year, it has been heard from many (every) official in a lot of different countries, central banks, … The is the number one trend in economic policy in the eurozone for the year 2010.
  • «Enough is enough !» – From Commissioner for Justice V. Redding putting her foot down on France’s way of dealing with Roma minorities. Reactions from France officials following Com. Redding comments were ridiculously hilarious from the point of view of EU observers.
  • «Ta gueule !» – From Daniel Cohn-Bendit, French MEP and leader of the … group, at the occasion of the Parliamentary vote on the new Barroso Commission, he punctuated his speech by this interjection. You can see it again here. The rest of the speech is a good one to listen too.
  • «You have all the charisma of a damp rag and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk» – UKIP MEP Nigel Farage speaking to Council President H. von Rompuy. Its comments lead to a sanction from the European Parliament President.

And you, what are your European sentences of the year ?


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