Sometimes in public life a mask slips and for a moment behind those carefully weighed words you sense the real ambition.
It happened yesterday with the head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet.
The candid moment might have been because he was receiving the Charlemagne prize in Aachen for European integration
or it may also be that he is nearing the end of his time running the bank.
In his vision, the crisis in the eurozone is an opportunity for a great leap forward towards ever closer union.
Read his article here
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