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EU referendum: Key quotes from non-UK figures

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Image caption German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble: "Brexit would cause considerable damage"

Key quotes from high-profile European and other figures on Britain's EU referendum between 21 and 22 June, as compiled by BBC Monitoring.

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Image caption EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: "No renegotiation"

EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker

"British voters have to know there will be no kind of any negotiation. We have concluded a deal with the prime minister. He got the maximum he could receive, and we gave the maximum we could give, so there will be no kind of renegotiation." (Speaking to reporters in Brussels, 22 June, reported by Financial Times)

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Image caption Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says leave "the wrong choice"

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

"Seen from Italy, a vote to leave Europe would not be a disaster, a tragedy or the end of the world for you in the UK. It would be worse, because it would be the wrong choice." (Writing in The Guardian, 22 June)

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Image caption German industrialist Markus Kerber: Trade barriers "very foolish"

Markus Kerber, the head of Germany's BDI industry association

"Imposing trade barriers, imposing protectionist measures between our two countries - or between the two political centres, the European Union on the one hand and the UK on the other - would be a very, very foolish thing in the 21st century." (BBC interview, 22 June)

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Image caption Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says "fragmented Europe adds to instability"

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

"A strong UK in a strong Europe is good for the UK and it's good for Nato, because we are faced with unprecedented security challenges, with terrorism, with instability and an unpredictable security environment, and a fragmented Europe will add to instability and unpredictability." (Guardian interview, 22 June)

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Image caption French President Francois Hollande wants "confidence in the future"

French President Francois Hollande

"We hope that the result will show confidence in the future of Europe with Britain." (Speaking to reporters, 21 June, reported by L'Express )

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Image caption German President Joachim Gauck: "EU protects our vital interests"

German President Joachim Gauck

"Considering the big issues of our time - security, climate protection, sustainable economic growth - I find it hard sometimes to fathom how some people can believe that the EU doesn't protect our societies' vital interests and represent them on the world stage more effectively than any one member state could do these days." (Speaking in Bucharest, 21 June, reported by Deutsche Welle )

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble

"Europe is not in good shape. We won't be able to go on as we have done, otherwise people will say 'they haven't understood'. Britain is an important market for the German economy and a British exit would cause considerable damage". (Speaking at a Berlin economics conference, 21 June, reported by Deutsche Welle)

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Image caption German Employers' chief Ingo Kramer: "Uncertainty totally fatal result"

German Employers' Federation chief Ingo Kramer

"Sixty percent of Britain's exports go to the European Union or its close trade partners, which shows the importance of Europe for the British economy. To open that up to uncertainty would be a totally fatal result... Britain can't just cherry pick any results by choosing one part and not the other." (Reported by ZDF television, 21 June)

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Image caption European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi "ready for all contingencies"

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi

"It's very difficult to foresee... the various dimensions in which the UK vote would impact on the markets and economies of the eurozone. We're trying to be ready to cope with all possible contingencies. It's very, very difficult to more precise than that." (21 June, reported in The Guardian )

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Image caption French National Front leader Marine Le Pen wants "referendum in France"

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen

"What I'm asking for is a referendum in France. Every EU member should be able to have its say in a referendum." (21 June, reported by RTL radio )

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Image caption Romanian President Klaus Iohannis: "EU is stronger with Britain"

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis

"I count myself among the optimists on this matter. I believe that the European Union is stronger with Britain and Britain needs the EU." (Speaking to reporters in Sibiu, 21 June, reported by Realitatea TV )

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