What they have said
Published 25/12/2011 | 05:00
I think this is a deal that cannot be mixed up with other deals. If everyone tried to make conditions then nothing would happen. Germany has already given guarantees for other countries, so everyone has to do something to come to a joint positive solution in our interest.
What we need now is agreement to assure the markets that everyone will keep to the rules. It is not a question of new powers, it is a question that rules will be adhered to because we have lost credibility due to wrong behaviour by many countries -- including my own -- in the last decade. So the message must go out that everyone will keep the rules in order to build credibility among the markets.
Elmar Brok, German CDU MEP, speaking against debt forgiveness for Ireland.