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Leterme tells Parliament that EU needs zest

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Leterme tells Parliament that EU needs zest


Belgium’s interim prime minister Yves Leterme has presented his country’s programme as presiding nation of the European Union before the Parliament in Strasbourg. The speech was largely dedicated to stiffening economic resolve — with Europe’s social model also receiving prominent consideration.

Leterme said: “On the other side of the world, European footballers are setting examples of courage, self-confidence and determination… and yet Europe today is barely, if at all, keeping its spirits up.”

Leterme summed up insisting that Europe must not remain on the bench, as it has everything going for it to compete. He has also steadfastly claimed that the EU presidency for the next six months will not be affected by Belgium’s internal political wobbles.

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