Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Different speakers, different audiences, different events, yet the same quote :

A politician is a man who thinks of the next election, while a statesman thinks of the next generation.

Together with its relevance for us today, this makes it our quote of the month.

If you want to find out who used it, read this month selection of quotes.


European speeches in June have dealt with – obvioulsy - the referendum in United Kingdom, but also history, Asterix and football.


You might also want to meet and learn from Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama’s speechwriter – special thanks to Vital speeches for spotting this Washington Post article.


Logos, pathos, ethos will be back after the summer.

Have a fruitful break.



The quote of the month

In my political life, I have often recalled the words of that great advocate of human rights, James Freeman Clarke, who said: "A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation."

Jean-Claude Juncker, Annual General Meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, 21 June 2016


James Freeman Clarke, a 19th century theologian, once observed that “a politician is a man who thinks of the next election, while a statesman thinks of the next generation”. This captures well why we are here to honour Theo Waigel today.

Theo Waigel’s political career cannot just be defined by the elections he won, however many there were during his 30 years in the Bundestag. Nor can it be defined by his time as head of the CSU and as finance minister of Germany.

It is defined by his legacy: a legacy that is still shaping Europe today.

Mario Draghi, Laudatio for Theo Waigel Speech, 17 June 2016


What Europeans need

Europe today is one of the richest regions in the world. Our citizens enjoy one of the highest standards of living. They also benefit from what is possibly the world’s highest level of protection of fundamental rights. Our businesses, for their part, can conduct their activities in an environment of legal certainty, with an impressive pool of highly educated people to stay on the forefront in their sector.

In many respects we are leaders. We must never forget this and we should continue to be proud of this.

And yet, despite these achievements, today we are worried. We are worried that we will lose what we have. That we will fall behind. (…)

Today I want to tell you that I am convinced that these crises, despite the difficulties they create, have also helped us become more aware of the strength and importance of the EU.

Martin Schulz, What’s next for Europe?,  2 June 2016


We must all together think about the challenges of a more general nature. Whether or not we rise to these challenges will affect not only the economic future of Europe, but also its very existence as we know it. At stake is the liberal-democratic order, along with whole catalogue of values and principles, which have become a foundation of Western civilization. (…)

What we desperately need today is cool heads and warm hearts. Not the opposite. 

Donald Tusk, European Business Summit, 1 June 2016


Clearly, what Europeans need right now is more time to watch football (…)

Tomorrow most of you will be focusing on the game. But if you look at the players — and the clubs they play for — you will see a reflection of Europe, a manifestation of Unity in Diversity.

Christine Lagarde, Unity in Diversity: The Case for Europe, 17 June 2016


Hospitality is becoming increasingly important in a world which is growing ever closer together. That includes offering hospitality to people from other countries and cultures. But it is precisely this type of hospitality that some people find difficult.

Allow me to quote from a French cultural icon – not from Proust or Flaubert – but from an Asterix adventure. In the story, an innkeeper from the town of Orange moves with his family to the small Gallic village where Asterix lives. This prompts Geriatrix, the oldest inhabitant there, to say: “You know me, I’ve got nothing against foreigners, some of my best friends are foreigners, but these particular foreigners aren’t from this village!”.

Sabine Lautenschläger, Sponsors dinner of the European Cultural Days, 20 June 2016


Connect with your audience’s senses and experience

We see developments in technology which a few years ago were considered to be science fiction. The power of computing has accelerated by the factor 2 a year which leads to unimaginable exponential growth. A striking example I heard recently is that of a supercomputer built by the American government in 1996. It was the world's fastest supercomputer and cost $ 55 mio. Nine years later another computer reached the same speed, but cost only $ 500.

This was Sony's PlayStation 3.

Maroš Šefčovič, Bundesverbandes der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft Congress 2016, 8 June 2016


If I think back 15 or 20 years, I can still remember dial-up modems and the sound they made when you tried to connect to the internet.

And how long it took to get online.

I'm sure many of you can as well.

But our children might struggle to remember. They are now used to high-speed internet access and would not accept anything less.

Internet technology has transformed people's habits and demands.

Andrus Ansip, Europe Mobile 360 Europe event, 14 June 2016