Dear speech-fans and friends,
Challenges and how to take up these challenges: this has been the leading theme in European speeches this month.
Little surprise there are several quotes in German this time. No worry: they are so well organised that everything has its translation into English J
Viel Spaß. Enjoy the reading.
State of the European Union
Our European Union is not in a good state.
There is not enough Europe in this Union.
And there is not enough Union in this Union.
We have to change this.
And we have to change this now.
What ails Europe, what ails our nations today is a poisonous cocktail of a lack of mutual trust and a lack of self-confidence. We are slow to react to challenges, we are slow to implement even the most obvious common answers, because we do not believe in ourselves, in our ability to adapt, to respond to challenges, to make tomorrow better than today. We are slow to find common answers not because there are no answers, but because we do not trust the word “common”…
« [With Brexit], the European Union is losing the City of London, our largest financial centre. It's like New York leaving the US and taking Wall Street with it. -- Valdis Dombrovskis, Economic Club of New York, 11 April 2019 ... »Valdis Dombrovskis
Dear speech-fans and friends,
This summer has been everything but quiet, which means a rich harvest of speeches.
Here is a short selection of empowering stories, varied quotes, rhythmic tricolons, and memorable antimetaboles delivered in July and August.
Welcome back !
Speeches to call for action
Ladies and gentlemen, never underestimate the power of how you are, and will, transform people's lives.
It's no small thing to show the world that what's always been done, can be done
So, spread your story far, wide and fast! Even the smallest of patient innovations can bring hope and happiness!
Change is happening before our eyes at an alarming pace. It is up to us to take action before it is too late.
addressing climate change is not only about saving our planet. It is also about
saving ourselves from poverty, unemployment, war, and oppression.
Because the rise in temperatures creates an entire range of effects;
from floods to heatwaves and wildfires;
from new diseases and health hazards to draughts and food shortage,
from extinction of animals to entire populations fleeing their territories in search of liveable conditions.
We cannot simply watch this happen.
Here is a short selection of speeches delivered this month,
together with a few other pieces - as long as they can serve our inspiration and aspiration to improve.
Once again, I would like to thank the colleagues and friends who drew my attention to some references for circulation to other speech-fans.
The noble art of speechwriting
Not too long ago, the President and I were working on a speech that we knew would get a lot of attention. (…) So two days before the speech, I handed him the first draft in the Oval Office (…). He started out by saying, “Look, this is well-written, and I could probably deliver it as is,” which almost never means he actually wants to deliver it as is. “But we have two days, so let’s make it better.”
And then he gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten, one I wish he’d given me years ago. “You took a half-swing on this. Take a full swing.”
For your attention, here’s a short selection of speeches delivered this month, together with an older abstract you might appreciate as well.
I would like to thank the colleagues and friends who forwarded some references for circulation to other speech-fans.
If you only read one speech this month, you will find a good mix of logos, pathos and ethos in this one: President Tusk, Charlemagne Prize, 13 May 2015
What is then the challenge for the third generation of European unity?
Nothing less than to deliver on the promise of Europe with a ruthless determination.