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Monday, 11 December, 2000, 14:07 GMT
Nice: Reaction in quotes
Nice summit venue
A triumph for French values, according to Portugal
Reaction to the outcome of the Nice summit among European leaders has ranged from triumph through relief to disappointment. Here is what they said:

Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek:

"Poland's scope of preparations, the very good marks given to our country by the EU... give us an absolute lead."

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis:

"The doors to the EU institutions are open."

Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis:

"It could make it more difficult for the European Union to work because it creates further conditions in decision-making."

Latvian Foreign Minister Indulis Berzins, on getting fewer votes than expected:

"Count how many votes are there in total... Now, is there any difference between having seven or four votes?"

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar:

"Is the outcome more balanced that the current one? Without the slightest doubt... Spain is the country that is moving forward most substantially in terms of its relative position."

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres:

"Since we are in France, and recalling the values of the French Revolution, this was a summit where there was freedom of negotiation, equality between member states and - at least in the spirit with which it ended - fraternity within the EU."

French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin:

"I am happy this morning... Working the threads together and then untangling the knots in a positive way is a very good thing."

EU Commission President Romano Prodi:

"You can say what you like but in the end water finds its own level. It just takes patience."

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder:

"Not bad at all." To have insisted on a higher weighting in view of Germany's greater population size "would not have advanced Europe and would have affected relations with Paris".

Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel:

"We would have wanted more majority voting."

French President Jacques Chirac:

"The working methods will have to be changed. It is not normal to end at five o'clock in the morning, and what is even less normal is to impose on the staff of the heads of state and government a working rhythm absolutely incompatible with peace of mind - that is to say, to impose on them nearly no sleep during three or four days is absurd."

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