Martin Schulz and José Manuel Barroso
'Thank you for this wonderful concert and for the emotion', Martin Schulz said later on stage before starting on his speech about peace - praising the Norwegian people:
'I was asked: 'What is peace for you?' 'Describe it'. It is not easy to describe. in a short time and I was told to be as short as possible. And I tried to do it. For me peace is the absence of but. Democracy is wonderful, but. Tolerance is wonderful, but. Mutual respect is wonderful, but. No. There are some principles for which the European Union is standing, which are not neglicated. There is not but. Demoracy is good - without the 'but'. Mutual tolerance is good. Respect is good.There is nothing to say with but. We need democracy, we need tolerance, we need mutual respect. And let me add one thing: when one nation sent a message to us, the Europeans, in the European Union or outside the European Union that these values are shared by the society against people who protect the values, then it was the Norwegian nation two years ago.You supported with your answer of your society to stick together after after the atrocities by the gunman who killed the children of your nation. You answered him in the best sense of the values of the European Union: Tolerance, Democracy and Mutual respect.'