Friday, October 12, 2012

Europe’s dream of peace and prosperity | euronews, news

Europe’s dream of peace and prosperity | euronews, news

“Javier Solana is a former Spanish foreign minister, NATO secretary general and EU high representative for foreign and security policy. He is currently a member the board of the European Council on Foreign Relations.”
Welcome to euronews:
The EU is seen as a model of democracy inside Europe, perhaps less so in the wider world. Is the Nobel Peace prize a recognition of its institutional model or for its achievements to date?”
Javier Solana:
“I think it is recognition of the role the EU has played. Remember Europe was involved in a brutal war. Remember the continents recent history. We now live in peace, freedom and stability. We have a strong collective presence in the world. We are living in difficult times, but we will get through them.”
euronews:
“The award is a gift of opportunity at a time when the economic crisis is threatening its integrity. Much is said about the global responsibility for the sound management of the eurozone. What do you think, from a personal perspective?”
Javier Solana:
“Things are quite intense at the moment for everyone. The financial crisis hurts people, they suffer and we must be determined and make every effort to react quickly and efficiently. Especially the EU leaders.”
euronews:
“Civil unrest is spreading in the countries hardest hit by the crisis and extremism is on the rise. Are there are real fears for the future of the EU?”
Javier Solana:
“No I don’t think so. The EU has gone through some difficult times and has managed to move forward and we will overcome this crisis. It will prepare us for life in the 21st century. A century that has changed world history and where there have been significant shifts in power. It is a multipolar world and I think the voice of the EU its values and way of doing things is a fundamental presence.”
euronews:
“The Balkan War was one of the darkest pages in EU history. Brussels helped in preventing a similar conflict breaking out in the FYR of Macedonia. What other EU initiatives show the EU as a champion of human rights.”
Javier Solana:
“There are many we have been at work in Africa in difficult times and solved many problems there. We have been in Asia. Remember the peace process in Aceh, which we used to resolve historical problems in Indonesia. We have worked in other countries. I think EU foreign policy has acted as a force for good.”
euronews:
Having been at the forefront of European diplomacy for a decade has such an award been on the cards for some time?”
Javier Solana:
“To be honest, no. For me it came as a complete surprise.”

http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/12/europe-s-dream-of-peace-and-prosperity/

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