Quotes on Europe

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“2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet.” | Herman Van Rompuy, EU President November 19, 2009 Video | News
“We have finally decided that Europe will speak with one voice, that of Mr. Solana.” | Jacques Chirac Regarding Solana’s visit to Damascus for the Hariri inquiry Solana to Restore EU Ties with Syria (March 9, 2007)
“Solana has the power and has had it since January 30, 1999. We are speaking with one voice through Javier Solana.” | Madeline Albright USA Secretary of State Regarding Solana being given sole power to make all further military decisions over NATO Balkan operations.
“I agree with Javier Solana’s decision to do this.” | Bill Clinton March 21, 1999 in regards to the forthcoming bombings from the above quote.
“Javier [Solana] is I think a personal incarnation of the world’s most effective institution of global governance, namely himself.” | Carlos Pascual, Co-Director, Managing Global Insecurity Project; Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy The Brookings Institution in an introduction to A Plan for Action: Renewed American Leadership and International Cooperation for the 21st Century
“Once ratified, this Constitution will introduce a number of important changes in the area of foreign policy, including the creation of a Foreign Minister to replace the rotating Presidency system.” | Javier Solana, July 1, 2004 - France and Netherlands rejected Constitution in 2005. This has now become the Treaty of Lisbon.
“Relations between the EU and Israel are also part of the Union’s wider efforts to contribute to a resolution of the Middle East conflict. The achievement of lasting peace in the Middle East is a central aim of the EU, whose main objective is a two-state solution leading to a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the implementation of the road map, with Israel and a democratic, viable, peaceful and soveriegn Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace within secure and recognized borders and enjoying normal relations with their neighbours.” | Javier Solana
“As I’ve tried to point out, the European Neighbourhood Policy does not replace the process launched years ago in Barcelona. It renews it, clarifies it and breathes fresh life into it.” | Margot Wallstrom regarding the ENP and fears that it was replacing the 1995 EURO-MED [E.U. “ROMED”] Agreement
“[The European] neighbourhood policy [ENP] is not a substitute for the Barcelona process; it rather underpins and deepens it.” | Javier Solana December 17, 2006
“The aim of the MGI [Managing Global Insecurity] project is ambitious and urgent: to launch a new reform effort for the global security system in 2009 … for the global system is in serious trouble. It is simply not capable of solving the challenges of today. You all know the list: terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change, pandemics, failing states … None can be solved by a single government alone.” | Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, European Union; MGI Advisory Group Member
“We must make the best use of all the resources at our disposal. Collectively these are substantial: as the world’s largest aid donor we already make an important financial contribution to aid programmes and to humanitarian and reconstruction assistance. We have a global diplomatic network more than twice as big as that of the US State Department. We can use our diplomatic, economic and financial muscle to influence the behaviour of recalcitrant parties and aggressors. But until now we have been unable to add military means to the measures available. This is now changing. Our aim is to integrate our military forces into a global crisis management strategy.” | Javier Solana, September 28, 2000 Link
“The launch of SEPA today is a major step in creating the Single Market and represents a significant contribution to the Lisbon agenda and a more competitive Europe.” | Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, Speech January 28, 2008 member executive board of the European Central Bank link
“What I am saying is that this economic crisis is vital in itself; but it holds a deeper, broader lesson for us. In today’s world, no nation’s governance, not even the most powerful, can work without a strong dimension of global governance.” | Tony Blair, Excerpted from Globalization and the New World Order
“The European Union is an institution that makes us stronger for globalization, because we can speak with one voice as a population of 500 million Europeans. But that only comes with the price that we have a Commission and a European Parliament, whose advice and decisions we have to accept as member states. We don’t always like that and sometimes we also rebel against it. But there is ultimately no doubt that 500 million Europeans are able to engage very differently with the international community concerning their vision about how they want to live than would each individual European member state on its own behalf... Many people struggle with the idea of giving up some more national sovereignty. But we have now experienced through crisis what happens when we do not have coordinated regulatory environments. What happens is that some people apply the wrong rules or do not even have any rules and that ultimately everyone is affected. That is why no nation — not even a strong United States — can any longer create a world order on its own if it is not coordinated with others. That is why I believe we should see this crisis as an opportunity to restructure the international architecture of institutions.” | Angela Merkel, Speaking at the financial conference “New World, New Capitalism” January 7-8, 2009
“Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts.” | (EU Council Presidency paper)
“I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire and I control the British money supply.” | Nathan Rothschild, [1777~1836] Financier, Founder of Rothschild banking dynasty