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Politicians Talk – Thursday 23/06/2022

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FRANCE

Emmanuel Macron – French President

During his first speech after the second round of the legislative elections, Macron stated that France needs “ambitious reforms” more than ever that would allow continuing to “produce wealth,” to feed a project “for the youth,” but also an “ecological” and “social” project.

US

Joe Biden – US President

Biden called Congress on Wednesday to suspend the federal gas tax for “the next 90 days.” The federal tax currently stands at 18 cents for a gallon of regular gasoline, and 24 cents per gallon for diesel. “I call on the companies to pass this along — every penny of this 18 cents reduction — to the consumer,” Biden said. “There’s no time now for profiteering.”

JAPAN

Fumio Kishida – Prime Minister

The Bank of Japan should “maintain the current course” of monetary easing, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a debate Tuesday, signaling that he will stand by a policy that rivals criticize as contributing to the yen’s dramatic fall.

BULGARIA

Kiril Petkov – former Prime Minister

“It was an honor for me to lead a government that was taken down by Peevski, Borissov, Trifonov and Mitrofanova (Russia’s Ambassador to Bulgaria)”, said the now-former Prime Minister Kiril Petkov after the successful no-confidence vote that passed today with the votes of 123 MPs.