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Wednesday, 6 July 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

10. A global strategy for the EU's Foreign and Security Policy (debate)
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  Tamás Meszerics (Verts/ALE ). – Mr President, I would like to thank the High Representative for the global strategy paper. I come from academia so I am fully aware that a good paper raises as many good questions as it solves and certainly, in this respect, the global strategy is a very good paper.

I for one do not believe that defence and security integration can save the Union. What I believe is that social union and a transfer union can save the Union. However, disunity in defence and security matters might easily break the Union and therefore it is vital that we have this global strategy and that we have a broad agreement on what we want to achieve as a unified power.

The most important requirements for any power – be it soft or hard power – are an underlying commitment and an underlying common effort. Without that credible commitment we are going to fail. We very much welcome the commitment evident in the paper with regard to enlargement. This is what we need. This is what we need to offer to those who look to Europe.

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