Quotes of the week November 27 - December 305 december 2011, 11:20
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
SPOILED FOR CHOICE
"It was difficult to choose from among the long list of names and symbols for the parties, especially as I'm discovering democracy for the first time in my life."
-- A 60-year-old voter mulls his options in the upmarket Cairo neighbourhood of Heliopolis as Egypt goes to the polls for the first time since a popular uprising ousted veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian women cast their ballots at a polling station in the Moqattam district of Cairo on November 29, 2011. ©AFP
"Anyone who had said a few months ago that we, at the end of 2011, would be taking very serious and concrete steps toward a European stability union, a European fiscal union, toward introducing (budgetary) intervention in Europe, would have been considered crazy."
-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel lays out a vision for "fiscal union" in Europe, ahead of a pivotal summit of EU leaders.
German Chancellor Merkel. ©REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
"Europe is not a choice, it is a necessity, but it needs to be rethought, refounded."
-- French President Nicolas Sarkozy outlines plans to push for a new European Union treaty to restore tough budgetary discipline on the eurozone.
France's President Sarkozy. ©REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
OUR PROBLEM AS WELL
"This is of huge importance to our economy. If Europe is contracting, or if Europe is having difficulties, then it's much more difficult for us to create good jobs here at home."
-- US President Barack Obama speaking on the EU debt crisis after hosting EU representatives at the White House.
U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
"We have been inspired by her fearlessness in the face of intimidation -- her serenity through decades of isolation -- but most of all her devotion to her country and to the freedom and dignity of her fellow citizens."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pays tribute to Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi after meeting her in Yangon.
Pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi and US Secretary of State Clinton hold hands as they speak after meeting in Yangon. ©REUTERS
IN SEIF HANDS
"For Zintan, he is just a helpless criminal. He is not a danger. We have no problem in keeping him here and we can hold him until his trial begins if it is better for Libya."
-- National Transitional Council official Ibrahim Turki explains that Libya's new authorities are capable of handling the trial of Seif al-Islam, the son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
"He broke my life."
-- Stalin's daughter, who took the name Lana Peters in 1970 after her defection and brief marriage to American architect William Wesley Peters. She died November 22 in Wisconsin at the age of 85.
"Yipes! Talk about blaming the victim. Not only isn't there any remorse, there's umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr Murray against the decedent."
-- LA Superior Court judge Michael Pastor, letting rip at Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray before sentencing him to a maximum four years in jail.
Judge Michael Pastor speaks at the sentencing hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los Angeles. ©REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
FRIEND OR FOE?
"If we go to Bonn for you then who will guarantee our security?"
-- Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani tells Afghan President Hamid Karzai that Islamabad will not attend an international meeting in Germany after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers prompting fury in Pakistan.
Afghan President Karzai embraces Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani at the presidential palace in Kabul. ©REUTERS
"There is no more successful, experienced or popular politician in Russia than Vladimir Putin. We have officially determined our political future not just for the short term but for the long term."
-- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev addressing a United Russia party congress in Moscow at which Putin was formally nominated as presidential candidate.
Russian PM Putin and President Medvedev visit the headquarters of the United Russia party. ©REUTERS
NOT THE LAST
"This is the first case in the Cote d'Ivoire. It would not be the last case. This is just the beginning. Ivorian victims will see justice for massive crimes."
-- Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo Court after ex-president Laurent Gbagbo was handed over to the International Criminal Court where he faces charges of crimes against humanity.
BRITISH TABLOID FUN
"I absolutely loved giving chase to celebrities, I must admit. Before Diana died it was such good fun. How many jobs can you actually have car chases in?"
-- Paul McMullan, former deputy features editor of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, at the Leveson inquiry into British press ethics.
Ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullan leaves the Leveson Inquiry into media practices at the High Court in central London. ©REUTERS/Neil Hall
"It was pretty simple. It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship."
-- Atlanta woman Ginger White alleging she had a 13-year affair with Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain which ended earlier this year. He denies they had a sexual relationship saying they were just friends.
"I have never felt truly cherished by a lover. I have an inability to know what happiness feels like with a man."
-- Songstress Lady Gaga speaking to Vanity Fair in an article accompanying a nude photospread.
Singer Lady Gaga appears at a ribbon cutting ceremony of Gaga's Workshop at luxury department store Barneys in New York. ©REUTERS/ERIC THAYER
SNAKES IN AN OFFICE
"I had no option but to leave all my snakes in this office."
-- An Indian snake-charmer releases dozens of the reptiles including poisonous cobras in a government office to protest against officials who had not responded to his complaints about an application for land.