"We need to help the Afghans, it is our moral responsibility. And Spain, for taking the initiative of welcoming Afghan refugees to the European Union, is an example of the European soul at its best."
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European Commission President Charles Michel: “This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe’s journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project”
Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe: “Mission to Spain concluded yesterday: deeply impressed by heroism of frontline workers, solidarity of people and inspiring resolve of Government. Careful optimism as result of bold measures, innovative approaches & courageous decisions.”
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As the night draws in this evening, the sun will set on more than 45 years of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. Today will inevitably be a day of reflection and mixed emotions. These emotions reflect our fondness for the United Kingdom. At the same time, we need to look to the future and build a new partnership between enduring friends.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Our parents and grandparents founded this Union with one common vision: never again war. After Rome this 60th anniversary of the Union, and however it is paved, there is only one way forward: European unity."