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Published on Mar 20, 2015
As war engulfs the Middle East with the emergence of terrorist ISIS, and Ukraine is being destabilised by an aggressive Russia, the global status quo that we had all become familiar with has radically changed. These are both foreign and domestic threats, as the High Representative has pointed out, common to all EU Member States, and our governments understand this phenomenon and seek CFSP common policies only when appropriate – such as tough economic sanctions against Russia and Iran.
My Group, the ECR, is particularly delighted by the strong wording shown in solidarity with Ukraine. The emerging threats now seen in the European neighbourhood region increase the importance of diversifying our Member States’ energy supplies away from the exclusive sourcing from Russian gas in particular. I welcome this emphasis and the emphasis being placed on an EU future energy union.
I also welcome the Brok report underlining the vital importance of NATO in our collective defence and, as a friend of Taiwan, the improvement in the Far East of Cross-Strait relations. Calls for more efficiency and value for money in the External Action Service are also welcomed, as is the push for better language skills for EU diplomats, particularly in Arabic and Russian.
We need nevertheless to find a CFSP approach that respects the national sovereignty and interests of our Member States, but also one that is able to identify common threats when necessary, to seek the coordination which is more effective than 28 Member States acting unilaterally or alone.