Stubb's frustration was evident when he said in September: "Basically, we are the sick man of Europe
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.
The charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the city - often dubbed the sick man of Europe
for its high rates of mortality, obesity and heart disease - outperformed locations including London and Brighton for its range of restaurants catering for vegans.
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.
But far from being further evidence of Wales' reputation as the sick man of Europe
, Dr Andrew Dearden said they showed doctors were helping to prevent serious diseases.
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.
Unless we deal with this debt crisis, we risk becoming the sick man of Europe
The sick man of Europe
underwent tremendous change since then, although at times the need for change was shadowed by a desire to keep things as they are.