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Brussels, 22 February 2013

"A great and honest speech– need for a broad debate" - President Barroso's reaction to the Europe speech of German Federal President Joachim Gauck

"This was a great and honest speech about Europe for which I congratulate Federal President Gauck wholeheartedly.

I fully share his appeal to citizens to develop an interest, to get involved, to make use of Europe's opportunities and discuss its perspectives.

This is precisely what I wish to see ahead of the European elections 2014: a genuine and broad debate on our common future. My vision of a democratic federation of nation states, which promotes its interests in a globalised world effectively and which guarantees freedom, democracy, security and prosperity for its citizens, can only be legitimised with such a debate."

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