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My feeling is that we agreed on many areas … But some issues remain open, like climate and trade. And I'm not 100 percent sure that we can say today - we means President Trump and myself - that we have a common position, a common opinion about Russia although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine it seems that we were on the same
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Some issues remain open, like climate and trade. And I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today -- we means Mr. President and myself -- that we have a common position, common opinions about Russia. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those

My main message to President Trump was that what gives our cooperation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental western values, like freedom, human rights and respect for human dignity. The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, and not just interests. Values and principles first – this is what we, Europe and America, should be

You know Mr President we have two presidents in the EU. I know

My feeling is that we agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism. I'm sure I don't need to explain why. But some issues remain open, like climate and trade, and I am not 100% sure that we can say today we – means Mr President and myself – have a common position, common opinion, about Russia. Although when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine it seems that we were on the same

We discussed foreign policy, security, climate and trade

My heart is in Manchester this night. Our thoughts are with the

Europe needs your energy, your imagination and your courage. And when I say Europe, I am not thinking about the institutions or bureaucracy, but about millions of Europeans, who see your victory as a sign of

What was – and remains – most important for me is that our conduct in these talks will show the European Union at its best, in terms of unity, political solidarity, and fairness towards the United

France will continue to contribute constructively in solve our common

France is essential for

We must keep in mind that, in order to succeed, we need today discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of

These negotiations are difficult enough as they are. If we start arguing before they even begin, they will become impossible. We must keep in mind that in order to succeed we need today discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of

Brexit talks difficult enough. If emotions get out of hand, they'll become impossible. Discretion, moderation and mutual respect

These negotiations are difficult enough as they are. If we start arguing before they even begin, they will become impossible. The stakes are too high to let our emotions get out of hand. Because at stake are the daily lives and interests of millions of people on both sides of the Channel. We must keep in mind that in order to succeed we need today discretion, moderation, mutual respect and a maximum of goodwill. Well, it'd certainly be easier if commission officials kept their views to themselves and not further complicate what is already going to be a tough

But what's clear from Theresa May's reaction is that she is prepared, whatever the commission officials are doing in Brussels, to stand up for Britain's vital national interest in these very complicated

These negotiations are difficult enough as they are. If we start arguing before they even begin, they will become impossible. The stakes are too high to let our emotions get out of hand because at stake are the daily lives and interests of millions of people on both sides of the

We need real guaranties for our people to live, work and study in the UK, and the same goes for the Brits. The Commission has prepared a full list of rights and benefits that we want to guarantee for those affected by Brexit. In order to achieve sufficient progress, we need a serious British response. I want to assure you that as soon as the UK offers real guaranties for our citizens, we will find a solution

Guidelines adopted unanimously. EU 27 firm and fair political mandate for the Brexit talks is

We need to remain united as EU 27. It is only then that we will be able to conclude the negotiations, which means that our unity is also in the UK's

We also need solid guarantees for all citizens and their families who will be affected by Brexit, on both sides. This must be the number one priority for the EU and the

We all want a close and strong future relationship with UK - there's absolutely no question about that - but before discussing the future we have to sort out our past and we will handle it with genuine care, but firmly. This is the only possible way to move forward. We also need solid guarantees for all citizens and their families who will be affected by Brexit on both sides. This must be the number one priority for the EU and the

It was (Alfred) Hitchcock, who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension

After the decision in the UK we have to respect the decision of the referendum. If it is reversible or not, this is in the British hands. I would be the happiest one if it reversible but we now we have to start our formal

US strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks. EU will work with the US to end brutality in

My heart is in Stockholm this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of today's terrible

No one is interested in punishing Greece. Our only goal yesterday and today, and also tomorrow, is to help Greece. You know that the crisis itself is punitive enough. Our finance ministers should do the work to achieve an agreement. This is the only positive result for Greece and for the whole community. We are close to concluding this demanding

Once, and only once we have achieved sufficient progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework for our future relationship. Starting parallel talks will not

The U.K. is now on the other side of the other side of the

Brexit in itself is already punitive enough, after more than 40 years of being united we owe to each other to do everything we can to make this divorce as smooth as

Especially after the terrorist attack in London - the latest events - it must be clear that terrorism is our common problem and security is our common

It must be a misunderstanding. Our partners are wise and decent that is why I am absolutely sure that no one is interested in using security cooperation as a bargaining

I know Theresa May well enough and I know her approach to this issue. This is why I rule out this kind of interpretation ... that security cooperation is used as a bargaining chip. It must be a

The Union will act as one and preserve its interests. Our first priority will be to minimize the uncertainty caused by the decision of the United Kingdom for our citizens, businesses and member

There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day neither in Brussels nor in London. Paradoxically there is also something positive in the Brexit. Brexit has made us, the community of 27, more determined and more united than before. And today I can say that we will remain determined and united also in the future, also during the difficult negotiation

At 13.20 today, UK #Brexit notification letter (article 50) will be handed to me by Ambassador Tim

So here it is, six pages. The notification from prime minister Theresa May triggering article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. There is no need to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels nor in London. After all most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together, not drift apart. As for me, I will not pretend I am

After Brexit, the future of almost everything is completely unclear and that is extremely worrying for the UK, the EU and the West as a

I lived behind the Iron Curtain for more than half of my life, where it was forbidden to even dream about those values. Yes, back then, that really was a two-speed

Europe as a political entity will either be united, or will not be at all. Only a united Europe can be a sovereign Europe in relation to the rest of the world. Only a sovereign Europe guarantees independence for its nations, guarantees freedom for its

For this reason it is important that Brexit remains a one-off incident and not the beginning of a

The EU doesn't have any divorce experience. We were good at broadening, not at shrinking. I'm convinced, however, that we will turn the corner. But the real threat today – and I think it is not only my opinion – is the disintegration of Europe in the political and ideological sense. It is not a coincidence that those who question liberal democracy are the same ones who call for the breakup of the EU, because the EU today is not only a political organisation which restricts national egoisms, it is also a unique territory of

Let me assure you that the European Union is fully committed to concluding the negotiations for both agreements very soon and

In view of what was announced in London yesterday, I'd like to inform you that I will call a European Council on Saturday, the 29th of April, to adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks. You know I personally wish the UK hadn't chosen to leave the EU, but the majority of British voters decided otherwise. Therefore we must do everything we can to make the process of divorce the least painful for the

Our main priority for the negotiations must be to create as much certainty and clarity as possible for all citizens, companies and member states that will be negatively affected by Brexit, as well as our important partners and friends around the

This is not a matter of legal or political nature, it is purely about emotions and obsessions. Therefore, it is not within my competence to comment on cases like this

Within 48 hours of the UK triggering Article 50, I will present the draft Brexit guidelines to the EU 27 member

I want to be clear that a 'no deal' scenario would be bad for everyone, but above all for the UK, because it will leave a number of issues unresolved. We will not be intimidated by threats, and I can assure you, they simply will not work. Our goal is to have a smooth divorce, and a good framework for the

If anyone sees fascism in Rotterdam, they are completely detached from reality. We all show solidarity with the

The claims increasingly taking the form of threats that no agreement will be good for the UK and bad for the EU needs to be addressed. However, considering the interests of the community of 27 countries in the context of the upcoming Brexit negotiations... I will be urging everyone to strive toward maintaining political unity among the

On Brexit all 27 [EU countries] agreed that there will be no negotiations of any kind until the UK formally notifies its intention to withdraw from the EU… Access to the single market means acceptance of all four freedoms. No single market à la

When the UK notifies, it is our goal to react with the draft negotiation guidelines for the 27 Member States to consider. For this I think we need more or less 48

We are well prepared for all procedures and I have no doubts that we will be ready in 48 hours. I think it's a proper time to

Our main objective should be to strengthen trust and unity within the 27. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go

We are well prepared for the whole procedure and I have no doubt that we will be ready within 48 hours, I think it is a proper time to

I want to dedicate this saying to all member states, especially before our discussion on the future, before the Rome celebration (commemoration of 60th anniversary of Treaty of Rome) – but especially today to the Polish government of

I prepared my beloved quotation: 'Be careful of the bridges you burn because once they are gone you can never cross them

It may sound like a paradox because of the context, but anyway, your decision is an expression of our unity today. I will work with all of you without any exceptions because I am truly devoted to a united Europe. Be careful of the bridges you burn because once they are gone you can never cross them

Be careful the bridges you burn because once they have gone you can never cross them

I heard words which are promising for the future, words which explain a lot about the new approach in Washington. Too many new and sometimes surprising opinions have been voiced over this time about our relations – and our common security – for us to pretend that everything is as it used to be. Both Europeans and Americans must simply practice what they

The idea of NATO is not obsolete, just like the values which lie at its foundation are not

We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States' wholehearted and unequivocal – let me repeat, unequivocal – support for the idea of a united Europe. The world would be a decidedly worse place if Europe were not

Transatlantic cooperation remains and absolute priority because it has until now been a key pillar of the free world. At the same time we know that today we have no other option than to regain confidence in our own

This is the only way to stop people dying in the desert and at sea. The only way to gain control over migration in

The disintegration of the European Union will not lead to the restoration of some mythical, full sovereignty of its member states, but to their real and factual dependence on the great superpowers: the United States, Russia and China. Only together can we be fully

For the first time in our history, in an increasingly multi-polar external world, so many are becoming openly anti-European, or Eurosceptic at best. Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation, with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign

Those who undermine the European model of democracy (and) attack the constitution and good customs, expose all of us to strategic risks. By throwing away the spirit of freedom and community, they write the next act of Poland's

Following yesterday's events in parliament and on the streets of Warsaw ... I appeal to those who have real power for respect and consideration of the people, constitutional principles and

The Commission must be the leader in the negotiations process but we have also discussed the role of the European

Faced with the brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran, we are not as effective as we would like to be but we are not indifferent to the suffering of the Syrian people. We will exert pressure on other global players who are present in Syria using all available diplomatic

Now the responsibility lies with the Netherlands. The ratification is important not only for Ukraine, but also for Europe's geopolitical standing and

This decision is a recognition of Ukraine's achievements in meeting European

I would like to come and say, you are lying, the truth looks completely

I listened with attention to President-elect Trump's call for American unity. And I, in turn, would like to call for European and transatlantic unity. I do not believe that any country today can be great in isolation. But, I do believe that America and Europe can, should and will work together. It is in our common

An EU-Canada summit with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be held this Sunday to sign the

Only once all procedures are finalised for EU signing CETA, will I contact (Canadian) PM Justin

There will be no negotiations before Article 50 is triggered by the UK. However, the basic principles, namely the single market and the indivisibility of the four freedoms, will remain our firm

Given these examples, it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the

Leaders emphasised all sorts of Russian activities, from air-space violations, disinformation campaigns, cyber attacks, interference in the EU's political processes and beyond. Hybrid tools in the Balkans, to developments in the MH17 investigation. Given these examples, it is clear that Russia's strategy is to weaken the

You can be sure she will be absolutely safe with us. I hope she will also realize that the EU is still the best company in the

The brutal truth is that Brexit will be a loss for all of us. There will be no cakes on the table. For

She declared that it is almost impossible to trigger Article 50 this

I'm absolutely sure that we have the same vision because what we need first of all in Europe today is good cooperation, solidarity and this political will to cooperate among member states. But at the same time we need very effective institutions and believe me, me and Jean-Claude Juncker we are like one

I'm absolutely sure that, after Bratislava, we have to assure our citizens that we have learned the lesson from

It's nothing controversial among the 27 leaders that our procedures our rules described very precisely in our Treaty are here to protect our interests, the 27 countries', not those of the leaving

We can't start our discussion ... with this kind of blissful conviction that nothing is wrong, that everything was and is

We must rectify a number of things in order to preserve what is

Bratislava should therefore also provide a road map for other equally important endeavors (such as economic and social development, jobs and opportunities for the young, the single market, the digital agenda and investments).feedback

Bringing back the feeling of security and order, the trust of EU citizens in their political leadership as well as rebuilding the reputation of the Union as a synonym of protection and stability, are all crucial and indispensable, but they are

It is obvious that free trade and global competition lie in the interest of Europeans, but it is equally obvious that they pose significant and often unprecedented

Following Brexit, business as usual is not an option. We can either come out of this crisis weaker and conflicted, or stronger and more

Last year's chaos on our borders, new images every day of hundreds of thousands of people moving across our continent without any control, created a feeling of threat among many

They had to wait too long for action to bring the situation under control (and) the lack of rapid action and of a uniform European strategy have weakened citizens' trust in their governments, the institutions and in the wider establishment, already undermined since the financial crisis. Rebuilding this trust has become an urgent necessity, which Brexit has demonstrated very

I think it is important that we make an honest assessment of the current situation to provide the best possible basis for building our future

While waiting for the U.K. government to trigger negotiations, we should diagnose the state and the prospects of a post-Brexit EU. It would be a fatal error to assume that the negative result in the U.K. referendum represents a specifically British

I am absolutely sure that we have to assure here in Bratislava, and also after our meeting, our citizens that we have learned the lesson from Brexit and that we are able to bring back stability and a sense of security and effective

Our goal to establish closest possible EU-UK

People in Europe want to know if the political elites are capable of restoring control over events and processes which overwhelm, disorientate, and sometimes terrify them. Today many people, not only in the UK, think that being part of the European Union stands in the way of stability and

Our objective in the future negotiations should be, on the one hand, to establish the best possible relations with the UK; on the other hand, however, we should stick to the Treaty and be coolheaded, consistent, and fully united as well as firm in insisting on a balance of rights and obligations. If we do so, there will be no room for doubt that it is a good thing to be a member of the

We need to protect the interests of the members of the EU that want to stay together, not the one which wants to

It's a tragic paradox that the subject of this attack were people celebrating liberty, equality and fraternity. Today we all, Europe and Asia, stand united with the French people and their government. We condemn this tragedy and keep our fight against extreme violence and

No one should be seething with desire to punish, humiliate (the British) for what they have done to us. We cannot push them away from us, but we cannot let them profit from Brexit, as that would be lethal for the

There is no freedom in Europe without trans-Atlantic solidarity. We are taking care of the unity of the Western political community, and that is

It is an historic moment for sure, this is not a moment for hysterical reactions. I want to reassure everyone that we are prepared also for this negative scenario. As you know the EU is not only a fair weather

Irregular migration was and is one of the principle reasons of this crisis of confidence in

Europe is ready to start the divorce process, even

First of all, we will discuss the so called 'divorce process' as described in Article 50 of the Treaty. And secondly, we will start a discussion on the future of the European Union with 27 Member

What doesn't kill you makes you

Today history is knocking at our door. What is at stake, is the dilution of Europe which closes in on itself. Or the reaffirmation of its existence at the cost of profound change. I will do all I can to ensure it's profound change rather than withdrawal. And France has a particular responsibility because she's at the heart of Europe, because she built Europe and because she is the country which can lead others and which guarantees the future of our

Until the UK formally leaves the EU, EU law will continue to apply to and within the UK and by this I mean rights as well as obligations. All the procedures for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU are clear and set out in the

British withdrawal "could in fact be the start of the process of destruction of not only the EU, but also of the Western political

Today on behalf of the 27 leaders, I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as 27. For all of us, the union is the framework for our common

If we (G7) do not take the lead in managing this crisis, nobody

Such absurd arguments would be completely ignored if they had not been formulated by one of the most influential politicians of the governing

We have to avoid a situation of renewed uncertainty for Greece. Therefore we need a specific date for the new Eurogroup meeting in the not-distant future, and I am not talking about weeks but about

I am convinced that there is still more work to be done by the ministers of

Today Turkey is the best example in the entire world of how to treat refugees. I am proud that we are partners. There is no other

The Turkish proposal worked out together with Germany and the Netherlands still needs to be rebalanced so as to be accepted by all 28 member states and EU

We agreed that all irregular migrants coming from Turkey into Greek islands from Sunday March 20 will be returned to Turkey. The implementation will be phased in gradually and based on the so-called one-for-one

I want to appeal to all potential illegal economic migrants, wherever you are from: Do not come to Europe. Do not risk your lives and your money. It is all for nothing. Greece, or any other European country, will no longer be a transit

The number of migrants arriving in Greece is on the rise not because they want to make Greece their home, but because they are hoping that from Greece they will move to other European

For now I can only say that we have made some progress but a lot still remains to be

We must first avoid a battle among plans A, B and C. It makes no sense at all, as it creates divisions within the European

This is a make or break summit, I have no

There will not be a better time for a compromise. It is our unity that gives us strength and we must not lose this. It would be a defeat both for the UK and the European Union, but a geopolitical victory for those who seek to divide

The people of Slovakia, Poland, Belgium, all of Europe expect that the EU, after Bratislava, will again be a guarantee of stability, security and protection – protection in the widest meaning, including social and economic

We have no more than two months to get things under

The March European Council will be the last moment to see if our strategy works. If it doesn't, we will face grave consequences such as the collapse of

What's of key importance for Poland is to maintain it's very good reputation, a reputation it has worked on for 25

But Europe cannot remain vulnerable, when Schengen states are not able to effectively protect their

Only if we full cooperate on exchange of information about suspicious transactions will be able to stop this threat

Saving Schengen is a race against time. And we are determined to win that

It is clear that the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come. Therefore we need to correct the policy of open doors and windows. Now the focus should be on the proper protection of our external borders and on external assistance to refugees and the countries in our

The most urgent question we should ask ourselves tonight is how to regain control of our external borders. Otherwise it does not make any sense to even speak about a common migration

The fair distribution of at least 100,000 refugees among the EU states is what we in fact need today. If leaders do not demonstrate good will, solidarity will become an empty

I'm convinced that we come to a final agreement in the course of this week, for the simple reason that we have to find an agreement this week. We cannot play, as they say on the football fields, we cannot play a

The game of chicken needs to end and so does the blame

We are close to the point where the Greek government will have to choose between accepting what I believe is a good offer of continued support or to head towards default. At the end of the day this is and can only be a Greek decision and a Greek responsibility. There is still time, but only a few days. Let us use them

Europe has to manage its borders better. We expect Turkey to do the same. The situation where hundreds of thousands are fleeing to the European Union from Turkey must be

I do not expect any quick fix solution to the root causes of the migration. Because there are non. Had they existed, we would have used the long ago. But I do expect that the Commission and the European External Action Service will present options for immediate

The Energy Union is a necessity because Europe spends 400 billion euros on it per year, which is more than one billion euros per day. It's obvious that we have to put an end to the total dependence on other

We have reasons to believe, according to information I have received in the last few hours, that the threat of direct Russian intervention is certainly greater than it was a few days

There won't be consequences for ministers whose only error was vulgar language in a confidential discussion. Reacting to that would hollow out all political life not only in Poland but in the whole

I will not make political decisions based on the material available so far. I'm focusing on clarifying this case and on providing stability of the

Both its government and its opposition need to find a common standpoint, to solve the conflict and to retreat from any dramatic

Better spending must not be understood to mean no money at all. We are in favour of a balanced approach to potential cuts in the budget. Such cuts should be applied in a balanced manner throughout all European

It is totally unacceptable that the leader of the opposition, using false information in the press, is, in fact, devastating public life in Poland and the Polish

I don't think that these international treaties can be greeted with delight by those who have become used to certain internet practices, which aren't legal under Polish

Leadership cannot be controlled by one or two countries, even the strongest ones. It has to be based on the European institutions. If we are unable to do this then future generations will not only curse this crisis but curse us as

I've heard the self-satisfied comments which say Britain has become an island again, and that the Channel has become larger over the last few days. Sincerely, I don't understand this

As of 2013 we will gradually raise the retirement age to 67 and bring the retirement age for women in line with that for men. We will try to do it softly but it will be painful I am

In the report, you will find conclusions which are missing in the Russian report. It points out the mistakes and the faults at Smolensk airport and also with the Russian flight controllers

This debate about Schengen is a crucial illustration of the dilemma that Europe currently

I'd like to say that from our point of view, defending the fundamental rights of Europeans, such as free movement across borders, is our paramount

We, in Poland will do what we have to do in our march towards the euro zone. I think that moods are moods, but there are concrete criteria….feedback

The European Union is not only useful during easy times, it has to prove itself useful in difficult times too and this is the first task of the Polish presidency, to strengthen faith in Europe to match Polish

I would not differentiate between the duties of, for example, the Germans and the Greeks. We all have the same duty, which is not to waste public money, as they already have in some southern member states, and also not to resent the European Union, because in the common market of the EU the rich countries make big

The flooding here in Sandomierz is getting worse and worse. Part of the dam has broken. Once again thousands of people are exposed to high water. Our plans to dry the area and rebuild homes must be

We are determined to do all in our capacity for the values we share. This is why we have taken up a common effort so that our convictions can

We hope that the new strategy announced by President Obama will bring the expected effects: it will mean peace and reconstruction for

The authorities want to help the victims. The most important task is to secure provisional shelter for those people. We've also set up a bank account to collect donations for the

We should do everything possible so that no human activity would break the symbiosis between Man and Nature. Currently, we are all concerned with the global financial crisis, but we should keep in mind that financial crises come and go while the environment should be a constant value we all care

I have no doubt that the ratification is in Poland's best interest. I think that the President, as a co-author of that treaty, would agree that it is in Poland's and the Union's best

Dear people, we have fought, we have won but starting from tomorrow we are going to work because Poland needs our

We stood so that everybody, without exception, could feel comfortable in their homes, in their country. Those seeking happiness and satisfaction outside of Poland can believe that one day they can return home and that in this house, order will

For many, many weeks we have convinced Poles that life in Poland may be much better, that Poles deserve a decent and good government. That Poles deserve a better

We've been stopped. In fact, we stopped ourselves, because we may've been able to stay in power if we'd broken with our principles. This could've been easy, maybe I will write about it some day. But we didn't break the rules and we are not sorry about it. Because you should never break with

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