Statsministerens tale ved familiefoto efter Det Europæiske Råds møde i København, den 13. december 2002 (Talen er på engelsk)

http://www.stm.dk/imagesUpload/generelle/famBC.jpg;107194;Meeting of the European Council in Copenhagen 12-13 December 2002
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Stats- og regeringsledere fra EU-landene og kandidatlandene samlet efter møderne fredag den 13. december 2002. (FOTO: Jens Dresling, Polfoto)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is indeed a historic moment and a day to remember. For the people of Europe. And for the whole world.

Today we succeeded in fulfilling the aim, which generations of Europeans have fought for.

In 1989 brave and visionary people tore down the Berlin Wall. They would no longer tolerate the forced division of Europe.

Today, we have delivered on their hopes. We have decided to heal our continent. We have decided to create One Europe.

Today we have closed one of the bloodiest and darkest chapters in European history.

Today we have opened a new chapter. Europe is spreading its wings. In freedom. In prosperity. And in peace.

It is a truly proud moment for the European Union. It is a triumph for liberty and democracy.

To our new members I say: “Warmly welcome to our family”.

Our new Europe is born.

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