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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Resumption of the sitting

  Eugen Freund (S&D). – Madam President, I need one minute. You will not regret it and I say it’s a challenge for the interpreters.

I looked it up, I could not find, the paragraph you have in mind, for one last speech here in this room, before the shovel and the broom, clears out the work we left behind, it sometimes almost made us blind.

But what I actually want to say, is thank you, thank you if I may; not only to the many friends, they can be women, can be gents, but also to those working here, behind the bar, serving us beer; distributing the voting list, assisting us to find the gist; down in the basement, the garage, providing cars, driving Farage, or Brok, Valero, Regner, Danti, who always said, ‘Go fast, avanti’; the cleaning women, those who check the badges, and they never lack the courtesy that we so cherish, it will remain, will never perish. And then at last, those who translate the speeches that we love or hate, they struggle now with all my rhymes, but I will end and then the times will change, you will agree, so danke, thank you and merci.

(Sustained applause)

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