The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.
Non-proliferation will only work if all states are willing to cooperate, and that will only happen if all feel they are being treated fairly.
One cannot have economic growth without security.
The time horizon may be too long for sole reliance on market solutions - but perhaps the inventiveness of the financial services industry will prove me wrong that point!
Indeed, American companies make three times as much profits from their investment in one E.U. country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China.
States can be deterred by the fear of retaliation; non-state organisations cannot by deterred at all.
A terrorist nuclear detonation in a western city would destroy all economic confidence.
The E.U. is the world's fastest growing democratic body.
The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees.
If the EU and the US can cooperate successfully on regulating financial markets, everyone else will follow.
Since creation of the E.U. a half century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history.
But our system of regulation must keep up with this. If it fails to keep up, it will hold back economic expansion. We need financial market regulation that works at national and European level.
Proliferation of nuclear weapons to terrorist organisations is far more dangerous than proliferation of nuclear weapons to states, even states like North Korea.
The EU and the U.S. often work together to develop international standards. This is the case in fighting terrorism and transnational crime, advancing trade liberalization, and combating piracy and intellectual property violations.
It is not viable for one country to demand a right to increase and upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities while asking others to eliminate theirs.
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