Lambert van Nistelrooij, Dutch EPP MEP:
Measures can change, instruments can change, but policy rather stays
Maria Koleva, Brussels
What we started is a bit broader debate and we are looking for a better way to communicate, not only bringing our successes to people. In the Brexit debate it reveals that there was not invested enough in engaging the citizens. Because our way to communicate is still like from the former century - the big leaders make programmes, take decisions that at the end of the day people follow. It’s probably not the correct way. We say: “Europe is doing a lot and let’s engage our citizens while participating in projects, rural development or things in fishery or whatever, let’s have a more permanent communication on the basis of what Europe is doing.” Our idea is not that we have found the Holly Grail now and we want to sell it.
The negotiations with the UK should be level-headed and focused on the future of our relations in order not to lead to further disintegration of the EU
Svetoslav Stefanov
The EU has found itself in a very difficult situation. There are many reasons for it, and I do not want to go into details. Let me focus on the EU's future. In my opinion, we need to build a new Europe based on the same values but significantly changed in terms of institutional capacity, attitude towards the Member States and their sovereign right to make independent decisions.
US President is right to criticise the Western allies, not because they don't spend enough on defence, but because they don't spend on the right things
We can’t tell exactly what she meant, but it is clearly intended to be a warning to Trump that we Europeans are not going to sit and be disregarded and insulted. But what this actually means in hard political terms is very unclear, and I think deliberately unclear. It was meant as a general warning, not as a specific threat.