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The European model is in danger if we obliterate the principle of personal responsibility. ---->>>

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.

The problem of how we finance the welfare state should not obscure a separate issue: if each person thinks he has an inalienable right to welfare, no matter what happens to the world, that's not equity, it's just creating a society where you can't ask anything of people.

This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything. ---->>>

I cannot resign myself to the decline of Europe, and of France. ---->>>

Fundamentally, American society is composed of individuals who don't go out of their way to do each other favours. ---->>>

My presidential victory, if it had happened, would have been artificial in relation to the Socialist party. It may be that on my deathbed, I will come to regret my decision, but for the moment, I live at peace with it. ---->>>

I would not be opposed to devising a new system of pensions, in which one part was based on collective provision, but which also gave incentives for people to take out an additional, personal plan. ---->>>

We have to struggle against the conservatives from all sides, not only the right-wingers, but also the left-wing conservatives who don't want to change anything. ---->>>

For me, socialism has always been about liberty and solidarity, but also about responsibility. ---->>>

The unions may continue to decline, but if they do, it'll be their fault. ---->>>

Even in Britain, the trade unions tell me that employment contracts have less protection than in the past. ---->>>

I had to think whether, after 50 years of hard slog, I was still lucid and fresh enough for the job. ---->>>

If you don't have collective agreements between unions and employers, governments have to legislate more. ---->>>

Therefore one should speak at the same time of national citizenship and wider European citizenship. ---->>>

Yes, the European model remains superior to that of America and Japan. ---->>>

The countries that share this conception should be able to go further together, without excluding the others, since they can still live in a greater community of exchange and co-operation. ---->>>

The unions still have a job to do, representing their members' interests to governments and parliaments. And I think collective agreements still have a role, alongside markets and laws. ---->>>

This weakening is worsened by the widening distance between the governed and their governments. ---->>>

The European model is, first, a social and economic system founded on the role of the market, for no computer in the world can process information better than the market. ---->>>

The problem with a purely collective system is not only that it requires economic growth, and the right sort of demographic trends, but that it prevents people thinking about their futures in a responsible way. ---->>>

These days there are not enough of such intermediary groups, between the state and the individual, with the result that political leaders are often unduly guided by opinion polls. ---->>>

My problem is how to find the best way of being useful. ---->>>

Any union that can't accept workers choosing their own representatives through universal franchise is finished. ---->>>

Cinema explains American society. It's like a Western, with good guys and bad guys, where the weak don't have a place. ---->>>

The driving force behind the liberal counter-offensive in Europe has been a reaction against irresponsibility. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 06-20, 1925
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Occupation: Economist
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Jacques Lucien Jean Delors (born 20 July 1925) is a French politician who served as the 8th President of the European Commission from 1985 to 1995. He served as Minister of Finance of France from 1981 to 1984. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1981. He is the father of Martine Aubry, the former first secretary (leader) of the Socialist Party of France (wikipedia)