5 quotes of European leaders on Charlie Hebdo attacks

Charlie Hebdo march in Paris, January 11, 2015

Charlie Hebdo march in Paris, January 11, 2015 (CC/Flickr/Laurent Tine)

Here are five quotes reacting in very different ways to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France.

” We must in the days to come, make sure that this pain transforms itself into concrete actions, … With the pain, we have already begun to work on the response. “Frederica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (January 8, 2015)

“ If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. ” Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church (January 15, 2015)

” Our composure is that of a country that has not faced a fundamental test of this kind yet. But when push comes to shove, we have stuck together until now. I am confident that this would also be true in the case of a terrorist attack. “ German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière (January 12, 2015)

“ I think we are at risk because there are a group of people who believe in this fanatical death cult of Islamist extremism. You can’t appease them; they hate our democracy, our freedom, our freedom of expression, our way of life. It would be wrong to think there are a set of behaviours we could adopt to make us safer.” David Cameron, British Prime Minister (January 14, 2015)

” Immigration and cultural questions related to that must be discussed in a much more open, honest and straightforward manner than until now. I hope that a composed, calm analysis of the recent events will guide European leaders and Brussels towards a tough policy restricting immigration ” Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban (January 11, 2015)

5 quotes on the role of France in the EU

“France is lacking self-confidence, and with this self-confidence, maybe it can start a dialogue with Germany. If that is not achieved, I think there is little to hope for [the European Union].”

Mario Monti, former Italian Prime Minister (2011-2013) and former EU Commissionner. Project Europe Town Hall in Madrid on February 28, 2014.

“[About the French intervention in CAR] This is the second time in a year that France has courageously taken the lead in a serious crisis. (…)The French response has helped avoid a civil war, perhaps even genocide.”

Herman Van Rompuy (Belgium), President of the European Council. European Summit, December 2013.

“It is only natural that the Eastern part of the continent will become our preoccupation for years to come, because Germans see this as a matter of historical destiny. The most fundamental priority we have is trying to integrate all of Europe. But for France the underlying issue is all about coming to terms with its loss of influence in the world.”

Herr Immo Stabreitformer German Ambassador to France, International Herald Tribune, September 11-12, 1999.

“Of course one can jump up and down yelling Europe ! Europe ! Europe ! But it amounts to nothing and it means nothing.”

Charles de Gaulle, French President (1959-1969). Excerpt from an interview during his presidential campaign, December 1965.

“The contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. In taking upon herself for more than 20 years the role of champion of a united Europe, France has always had as her essential aim the service of peace. A united Europe was not achieved and we had war.”

Robert Schuman. French Foreign Affairs Minister. Schuman declaration, May 9, 1950.