Quotes of the week May 13 - 1921 may 2012, 13:03
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
"The European leadership and especially Mrs Merkel need to stop playing poker with the lives of people."
-- Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Greek radical left Syriza party, criticising the European Union and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for imposing tough austerity measures. He wants to renegotiate the EU and IMF bailout agreements.
"The cost to Greece, the cost to Europe and the cost to the entire global economy may still be enough to cause Greek politicians and European politicians to pause before they pull the trigger on a Greek exit."
-- Charles Dallara, the head of the Institute of International Finance, who negotiated part of the Greek debt rescue, commenting on speculation Greece could leave the eurozone.
Head of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara. ©REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
"These were egregious mistakes. They were self-inflicted, we were accountable, and what happened violates our own standards and principles by how we want to operate the company."
-- JP Morgan's CEO Jamie Dimon announcing trading losses in risky derivative bets of at least two billion dollars.
Jamie Dimon, chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan Chase and Co. ©REUTERS/Keith Bedford
"Well, I would suggest that JPMorgan take their business to Las Vegas because it's just a gamble. It's one of those things that's clear that they were betting like you would do at the crap table in Las Vegas and they bet the wrong way."
-- US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about the losses announced by JPMorgan Chase.
"To Nicolas Sarkozy I address my best wishes for the new life which is opening up before him."
-- Francois Hollande speaking about his predecessor as the Socialist assumed the French presidency.
Former France's president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave the Elysee presidential Palace. ©AFP
"There is no established rule for how questions like these are addressed. Ms. Trierweiler has been invited to participate in all spousal programmes at both the G8 and Chicago (NATO summit). We look forward to welcoming her to the United States."
-- Caitlin Hayden, White House spokeswoman, when questioned by AFP about protocol on welcoming the non-married French presidential couple to the US.
"A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation, and every day we fail to act, that fire gets closer to the homes and children we love."
-- Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney accusing President Barack Obama of doing nothing on debt reduction as he previewed a new economic message in a key swing state.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. ©AFP
THE DEVIL WEARS PANTIES
"Of course we stand against her -- she only wears panties and a bra... She has even said herself that she's the devil's messenger."
-- Habib Salim Alatas, Jakarta chairman of Indonesia's hardline Islamic Defenders Front, explaining his group's opposition to Lady Gaga. Police have said the US star cannot perform in Jakarta after protests were threatened.
"Our protest is directed at the overbearing actions and stance of the government in Beijing, which behaves like an arrogant overlord, even in the homes of its neighbours."
-- Loida Nicholas Lewis explaining why she organised a rally of hundreds of Filipinos outside the Chinese embassy in Manila amid a continuing row over a shoal in the South China Sea claimed by both nations.
Philippine policemen stand guard next to anti-China placards displayed during a rally in front of the Chinese consulate. ©AFP
OF MICE AND MEN -- AND WOMEN
"Mickey first looked surprised to hear that we are a couple of girls... But we said we were there to thank him because same-sex weddings can be held at the Disney Resort, and he celebrated with us."
-- Koyuki Higashi describing the moment she confronted Mickey Mouse during a trip to Tokyo Disneyland and told him that same-sex couples are able to hold wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popular resort.
Koyuki Higashi (L) and her partner Hiroko (R) showing their "Thank you" messages to Mickey Mouse. ©AFP PHOTO / KOYUKI HIGASHI
"My tummy hurts, my head hurts and I am shaking. Every time a shell explodes, I scream."
-- Aisha Fatima, 11 years old, a resident of the Bab al-Tebbaneh area of Lebanon's port city of Tripoli, which was hit by sectarian clashes linked to unrest in neighbouring Syria.
"This is a new experience for us. Watching two people trying to convince us to vote for them, no one would have ever imagined this just two years ago."
-- Egyptian voter Saber Mohammed, watching candidates slug it out in Egypt's first ever televised presidential debate, held in the run-up to elections next week.
"Fuentes was a great seducer who used only one weapon: the word."
-- Federico Reyes Heroles, a writer who read a tribute message at the family's request following the death Tuesday of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes at age 83.
File picture dated October 13, 2008 of Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. ©AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU