Highlights: Remarks by EU leaders at Marseille talks

Thu Dec 8, 2011 10:49am EST
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MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - The following are remarks by EU leaders at a meeting of the conservative European People's Party in Marseille, southern France, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

ANGELA MERKEL, German Chancellor in a speech

"We'll find good solutions (in Brussels) and we'll thus be taking one further step to overcome this crisis. But it won't be ended with one fell swoop but instead will take years of hard work."

"Words alone aren't believed anymore because we didn't always back up our words. And that's why we need more ties and, to my mind, treaty changes ... so that the Commission in particular gets more responsibility. We will have to bow to the will of the Commission more than in the past, when member states, even Germany, watered down the rules. And that's what's at stake (in Brussels) today and tomorrow."

NICOLAS SARKOZY, French president, in a speech

"If there is no deal on Friday, there will be no second chance."

"The entire world is asking us to make political choices. Europe will be 28 with our Croatian friend."

"We need structural changes, we want this to happen for 27 (EU member states) so that nobody is left behind, but our bigger aim is that nobody opposes the reform of Europe. We want the 27 but if there is a blockage inside the 27 then we will pass to 17 and say to anyone who wants to join the reform of 17 is welcome.

"We must go to the end of the discussion. I do not believe in protectionism. ... but I want trade to be loyal."   Continued...