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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 31/03/2010

Wolfgang Schüssel rejects France's idea of restricting exports

The former Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel interprets French Minister for Economic Affairs Christine Lagarde's criticism of Germany's export performance as a reproach against his country too, and rejects it in the conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "How a strategy of restricting exports is supposed to help France or other Mediterranean countries remains a mystery to me. Our machines and investment product exports to all over the world increase the value creation and productivity of our customers. Cutting off or reducing these supplies would further decrease the competitiveness of our partners. How can this help anyone? The fact of the matter is: no one should try to blame others for their own weaknesses. … Europe's governments have accumulated 8,000 billion euros in debt which they must now service. Making new debts or redistributing them is not the solution. What is needed is an offensive strategy for Europe to be able to keep pace with a global economy that is growing more than twice as fast as its own economy. Under such circumstances it would be downright frivolous not to open up the dynamic markets in Asia, Latin America or Africa."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 25/09/2008

Wolfgang Schüssel on the future of the EU

Former Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel reflects on Europe's political competences: "Europe is facing a world marked by change. Those who believe we can react to these new challenges by maintaining our comfortable status quo are completely mistaken. And the same goes for those who harbour dreams of European federalism or constitutional fantasies. We must define the balance we need to achieve and our future role. The idea of Europe traditionally rested upon three pillars. After the failure of nationalism, European integration held a powerful fascination. After the collapse of the command economy came the superb idea of the social market economy. And after the fallen left-wing and right-wing dictatorships, all hopes were placed on functional parliamentary democracy. All of this is now once more being called into question. National interests compete with European consolidation, and the social market economy has lost its glamour. ... The call for referendums in European matters, and not just in Austria, nourishes doubts about the democratic quality of parliamentary votes. ... The networks of the opponents of Europe, from Declan Ganley's 'No-Campaign' in Ireland to the Belgian, Dutch, German, Central European and Austrian Eurosceptics could engender a strong negative attraction in the 2009 European elections. That would be deleterious for the EU, and damage our role in global affairs. It is up to the silent majority of the friends of Europe to counteract this threat with dynamism, fervour and new ideas."

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