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Senior MEP admits EU parliament has 'failed'

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 5:42 am
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Speaking at an event in Florence, Alfredo Conte, head of strategic planning at the EAS, said, "European diplomats need to learn to be a little more humble. To listen to other and maybe stop preaching altogether."

Conte said the need for cooperation by foreign countries with the EU is even greater, as problems from cyber security to climate change are very complex and multifaceted.

Another speaker at the 'state of the union' debate was Javier Solana, former EU high representative for common foreign and security policy.

He said, "Change is made even more important as in 40 years' time, when no European country will be one of the world's 10 largest economic powers."

Solana also underlined that the political cycle in developed countries of only two years to deal with global problems is too short.

He also underscored that Europe needs more integration to exit the current economic crisis, saying, "This is not going to be an easy task. We have member countries, the UK I have in mind, which are not in a position to move in that direction. How we handle them will be crucial."

Panellists called for greater EU integration to address the current economic crisis as well as a range of longer term issues such as security policy.

"If there is a big failure of European foreign policy, it is not of capacity, but of intellectual ambition and collective purpose," said Mark Leonard, director of the European council on foreign relations.

He pointed out that the EU lacks the ability to influence states in its neighborhood without its ability to offer membership, and has not yet found a way to forge its relations with these countries, notably Russia and Turkey.

It is the lack of thinking, not the lack of funds, that also plagues EU security and defence policy, Leonard said, adding that without a collective strategy the bloc risks having the US and China decide on the rules in this area.