"FEPS, the first progressive political foundation established at the European level has decided to edit with the financial support of the European Parliament the speech given by former German Federal Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, at the SPD party conference, on 4 December 2011. As FEPS President and former Prime minister of Italy Massimo D'Alema said "This is an important and visionary speech because it challenges its audience. It challenges German leaders to recognise their place within the European project and it challenges all Europeans to bind themselves to each other in a cooperative and realistic manner". While this speech was given in German and comes from the centre of Europe, FEPS has taken the initiative to give the peoples of Europe a chance to share former Chancellor Schmidt's reflections in their own languages. Therefore, the speech is available in 16 languages.