"The Bobrikov of Brussels. That is a figure of speech, and anyone in a public position has to tolerate public criticism. Complete nonsense from Rehn, this is no hate speech."
"I am a Catholic Christian. By definition I cannot be a racist."
“It is clear that I do not accept violence or threats of violence. Hate is a destructive force, which first destroys the target of the hatred and then the hater himself. I do not accept hatred. It is dehumanising and brutalising and damages others’ human dignity.”