Valentina Pop has the story for EUobserver.com at
Germany does not want 'diktat' on Europe
Gauck assured the countries of Europe and the world that:
"In Germany, more Europe doesn't mean a German Europe....The EUObserver writes further that:
"Dear Englishmen, Scots, Welsh, northern Irish and Brits, we want to have you here with us....
We need your experience as a country with the oldest parliamentary democracy.
We need your traditions, your sobriety, your courage. Your intervention in the Second World War helped rescue our Europe - it is also your Europe...."
"[Gauck] noted that English has become the "lingua franca" for young people in Europe.
In what would be an irony if the UK were to go, Gauck noted that it would be almost impossible for a German to understand a Portuguese or a Latvian person unless they spoke some English in common."