They said it was about sending a signal that the sick man of Europe
wanted to change.
WALES is the sick man of Europe
and a radical new strategy is needed to combat health inequalities, two leading academics warn today.
Those on low incomes or on welfare payments don't need surveys to tell them we are the sick man of Europe
Stubb's frustration was evident when he said in September: "Basically, we are the sick man of Europe
Right-wing pundits love to tell us it was the unions who made Britain the so-called Sick Man of Europe
, neatly forgetting years of manufacturing underinvestment, weak management, a global oil crisis and a post-Empire world when our overseas markets shrank.
It is a simple fact that, almost single-handedly, Mrs T transformed this country from the Sick Man of Europe
, which it was in 1979, into the Vibrant Man of Europe in the space of only 11 years.
Speaking without notes, Mr Davies said: "By the time Margaret Thatcher left office, this country was not the sick man of Europe
WELSH farming is in danger of becoming the sick man of Europe
as it grapples with punitive reductions in CAP payments, angry union leaders have claimed.
Britain was the sick man of Europe
and there seemed to be a new strike every week.
We needed something to say we were not the sick man of Europe
and that we were a force to be reckoned with.
Turkey was the sick man of Europe
, but now it has become one of the fastest growing economies of the world," Peet said.
Greece, not its old rival Turkey, is now clearly the Sick Man of Europe
and the alarming signs are that it is not going to be recovering any time soon.
In his monthly Global Forecast programme he says that this could pose a return to the 1970s position of the UK as the sick man of Europe
To quote David Cameron: "Unless we deal with this debt crisis, we risk once again becoming the sick man of Europe
As Edward Lucas, the author of the latest major book on Russia, The New Cold War, puts it: "Russia's vengeful, xenophobic, and ruthless rulers have turned the sick man of Europe
into a menacing bully.