(excerto do texto integral do discurso de Joachim Gauck sobre a Europa em 22.02.2013)
Dear people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, dear new citizens of Britain! We would like you to stay with us! We need your experience as the oldest parliamentary democracy, we value your traditions but we also need your pragmatism and your courage! During the Second World War, your efforts helped to save our Europe – and it is also your Europe. Let us continue to engage in discussion on how to move towards the European res publica, and perhaps even argue about it, for we will only be able to master future challenges if we work together. More Europe cannot mean a Europe without you!