“it is a persistent misconception to regard the British as bad Europeans. It probably is based on the fact that they stubbornly resist the logic of ‘ever closer union' such as the single currency. Now that this logic has led the eurozone into a period of sustained crisis, it is time for Europe to remember what the UK has to offer."
"in trying to make the eurozone into an alternative system to that of Anglo-Saxon capitalism we could cynically remark: have fun with setting up this alternative system of ‘regulation and solidarity’ without Great Britain but with Greece, Italy, Spain and the France of Francois Hollande. Without being cynical we have to realize that Britain is essential to Europe so that this nightmare won’t turn into reality.”
"The Anglo-Saxon tradition of both a liberal economy and society combined with remarkable economic, cultural, diplomatic and military potency, in short: a unique bond of hard and soft powers, makes Great Britain an indispensable nation in Europe and an indispensable partner for Germany. Assuming Germany wants to be more than a cash cow for Europe and Europe wants to be more than just a transfer union."
“Protectionism, the walling off from international markets, especially financial markets, ‘solidarity’ instead of competition, ‘regulation’ instead of freedom, coupled with restrictions on immigration and xenophobia – that is the battle cry of the Old Europe… Openness to the rest of the world, the market, the strange and the new – this is the motto of the New Europe and it is nowhere more evident than in multicultural, cosmopolitan London.”
"It is not a coincidence that the British capital headquarters Europe’s financial industry. According to Eurostat more than 35% of all financial services of the EU-27 are generated in London. 90,000 Bankers work in London including 8,000 from Deutsche Bank. 251 foreign banks have their business in London. The financial service sector of the EU-27 is the world’s second largest after the United States. Not America, but Europe is the greatest exporter of financial services. This is to be accredited to London, which is the most important bridge between markets in America, Asia and Europe. If someone wants to create a Europe without the City of London, Europe will be separated from the world."Some very stirring sentiments there, proof that there is an opening for closer Anglo-German relations, an opening the UK must take advantage of it it is serious about re-negotiating some of the terms of its membership...