Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
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We are going to have a lot of work to do. First of all we have to help those who have lost their homes, and we don't know how many of those there are yet. Then the hard task of rebuilding everything can begin.
Events are happening too fast.
It will be a government of reforms, of definitive economic recovery and employment.
We should set up an international financial tax to help us finance the Millennium Development Goals.
Maybe some disagree but it is an essential principle of my government's foreign policy to maintain a good relationship with neighbouring countries like Morocco.
Spain is a solvent, solid, strong country and it has an international reputation. Spain is a country that like many others is suffering the consequences of the worst economic crisis in the last 80 years.
We want to make a clear change as regards firms' internal flexibility.
It was tough legislation to get through. We will try and make sure there is more agreement on any future reforms. I want to thank those who made it possible to get this through.
The economic outlook is on the side of growth.
France and Spain, President Sarkozy and I feel great sadness for the death of the French policeman. But those who need to worry most are the members of ETA because they will be pursued relentlessly by two big police forces together – until ETA's presence is finished in this country.
We are fully mobilised. We are going to eradicate all ETA bases in France, one by one. We are going to flush them out one by one and we will dismantle all support for this terrorist organisation.
I would like to express my solidarity and gratitude to France, the French police and the French government.
Sadly, there are still many parts of the world where the death penalty is in use. We must make every effort to get it abolished across the board. This year, we are going to push the UN to pass a resolution calling for a global moratorium.
To those that don't think the way we do, I have to say that this is a Government that listens. This Government has never acted by issuing strong decrees, and never will, concerning the job market.
The fishing boat Alakrana is sailing into safer waters, all crew members are safe and sound. It is a very good news for which we all have been working since the first day.
Respecting human rights should be essential, but let's leave the report to the Human Rights Council to decide.
We want, first of all, to be the escape motor for the economic crisis, and to create a new, more sustainable economic model. To do this, the Lisbon Strategy will need to be renewed, and financial reform agreements have to be put in place.
The Spanish government will obviously sanction the distribution of aid. It will be approved at the next Cabinet meeting on August 13.
I express today the feeling of all citizens. I want to condemn this villainy, with a lot of pain and anger and a determination. The (thoughts of the) government and all of Spanish society are today with their families, their friends and their colleagues.
All citizens have to know that the government and all political and democratic forces are firmly committed to eradicating this sore which affects the country.
That is what people are demanding. It is also what politicians on all sides are demanding.
The decision could be criticised from different sides. But there is a balanced and responsible decision to make and one which is good for the country.
Right now we're realising something after all he said this week. Who's looking the most nervous, the least sure of himself, without any ideas or plans apart from insulting and denigrating? It's the leader of the Popular Party, it's the right that has no plans for Spain or for the European Union.
The battle against terrorism is unstoppable and I assure you we will finnish off ETA in the interests of freedom and peace in the Basque country and the rest of Spain.
The terrorists know that the democracy and especially the state security forces – doing their impeccable duty – are going to finish the violence in the Basque Country and in the rest of Spain.
The government has just proposed new measures to the bosses and unions which are intended to both improve the circumstances of people without jobs and to boost employment.
The first and most urgent is the one linked to the Spanish workers.
We will maintain and extend the coverage of unemployment benefits, regardless of how high the unemployment rate goes.
We're going to get through this economic crisis and the government is going make major investments to preserve jobs from March and April.
I repeat again, ETA can carry out these attacks but it will lose the war. The only thing that committing these attacks will achieve is to land the perpetrators in prison even more quickly.
I want to express in the name of the government our firm determination to complete this railway project. It's very important for the Basques to communicate with Spain, and the rest of Europe.
These measures complete a global plan against the crisis. They will apply in all scenarios where it's possible to kick-start internal demand, and they respond to specific problems in the Spanish economy.
Today, Spanish democracy is stronger and ETA is weaker.
The world's 8th largest economy has to have a voice. We have a contribution to make.
This situation has to be overcome, but to do this we need co-ordination and determination, with decisions that we are going to take and have already taken to continue guaranteeing our interests.
This individual, for the public and this prime minister, has generated an uproara which is perfectly understandable. But we must respect the law.
There are serious difficulties which are starting to have a direct effect on many people's lives. We're going to hire 30% fewer public sector workers in 2009. The wages of all top officials will be frozen, but only top civil servants as I will respect the agreements we reached with the trade unions with regard to public employees.
Relations with the government of Italy are and will continue to be good.
How much harm has ETA done – both at home and abroad – to the Basque people and the men and women who live here and, of course, the people killed by their violence, their cruel, cowardly and irrational violence?
I want to give eligible workers and pensioners 400 euros to demonstrate that saving money is very good.
This agreement signed today is fundamental. It's about warning each other… The most effective way to prevent terrorist attacks and violent actions.
I want to demonstrate my support for all the state security forces, and my support for the government in putting an end to the terrorist organisation ETA.
The government will fight terrorism and all those who support it with all our resources. They will be caught, just like all the others before. We can't bring back those we've lost. We will never be able to compensate their relatives and friends, but we can offer them a little bit of comfort, by saying that the killers will pay for what they have done.
It's clear as water, and it should be clear as water, that he cannot proceed with any popular consultation – which wouldn't have any binding force anyway. It cannot be done, it will not be done, it won't happen.
I've already said before that the amnesty was necessary, adequate and positive. Nobody can work illegally and employers can't have workers who aren't legal.
They are there for whatever we want. It's of great use in the fight against terrorism.
This is historic, and we must congratulate ourselves sincerely. We have a jobless level lower than eight per cent. It is the first time that unemployment has dipped below eight per cent since Spain has been a democracy.
Spanish society has shown over a long period that pain does not sap its strength, that suffering does not reduce its determination. It will show that determination all over again now, and it will not give in to any of the threats or the challenges some are keen on putting it through.
ETA's decision flies in the face of what the Basque and Spanish societies want, which is a road to peace – a road with a single destination, and that is total disarmament.
At this particular moment in time, we really need to renew the political consensus in the face of terrorism. That's what Spanish citizens are asking for, that's what the government is asking for.
The government wants to affirm once again its will to fight violence and terror, we want to achieve this through the biggest and best unity of all political forces in this task. I want to make it clear that we will not have a dialogue with those who use violence; never, never. My government has always done this, and it will continue to do everything in its power to reach a complete peace, within the framework of the law and constitution.
On the twenty ninth of December all the Spanish people heard me say that we were all better off than five years ago, and that in a year's time we would be even better. Even if it doesn't happen very often between politicians, I want to admit that I made a clear mistake.
The consequences of not respecting this is that I have asked for the suspension of all the initiatives in the development of the peace process.
There could be an international observors' mission in Gaza to consolidate the cease-fire. In the mid-term, it will be necessary to convene a Middle East peace conference involving all the interested parties.
The EU and the governments of the countries where the immigrants come from have to get involved.
I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased, on behalf of the government and the nation and also on behalf of all the Spanish people.
We are pushing for this because we believe more stable growth is built on more stable jobs and because we believe higher quality economic development is based on jobs of quality.
I don't deserve such attention and the people don't deserve to be so ignored.
In this, the Moroccan nation is and always will be supported by the people and government of their neighbour Spain.
The government is not afraid of debate or reform.
The moral strength of democracy is much stronger that the cowardly methods of evil. Terror never prevails over law and democracy.
No one doubts that democracy is and will be the stronger force. The state has right to impose these rules because of their moral force and because they are the wish of the vast majority of Spaniards.
There is no idea that justifies terror, no idea can justify blind murder, no idea, even legitimate. It can only complicate conflicts and make finding solutions more difficult.
To achieve that, I am calling on all my fellow citizens to take part in the vote.