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The Community and a European security policy. Speech by Pieter Dankert, President of the European Parliament, to the Mid Atlantic Club. Washington DC, 23 September 1982

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untitled I I I I f ' THE COMMUNITY AND A EUROPEAN SECURITY; POLICY SPEECH GIVEN BY PIETER DANKERT PRESIDENT OF THE \ ' EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT TO. THE MID ATLANTIC CLUB WASHINGTON) DC SEPTEMBER ·23J 1982 ·. 1. MANY OF YOU WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH I THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY AND THEREFORE AWARE OF THE SENSITIVITY THAT HAS TRADITIONALLY SURROUNDED ANY MENTION OF THE TERM SECURITYJ .. ' OR EVEN WORSE DEFENSEJ IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMMUNITYJ MAY HAVE BEEN SURPRISED THAT I . ---·. ·--· ------- - . -- ·- SHOULD CHOOSE SUCH AN ISSUE AS THE SUBJECT OF MY TALK TODAY. I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IT IS NOT TO BE PROVOCATIVE OR TO DOWNPLAY THE VERY SERIOUS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES THAT FACE THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITYJ BUT BECAUSE AT TUtS MOMENT IN TIME CURRENT TENSIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE POINT URGENTLY TO THE NEED FOR THE COMMUNITY TO BEGIN TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY THAT IT HAS LONG AVOIDED. IN OTHER WORDSJ THE SITUATION DEMANDS THAT EUROPEANS BEGIN TO DEVELOP A COMMON AND A MORE INDEPENDENT APPROACH TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF WESTERN SECURITY. /IF I REFRAIN collsvs Text Box collsvs Note Completed set by collsvs User Rectangle User Rectangle User Rectangle 2. -- ----------- ------~ I IF I REFRAIN FROM DESCRIBING I UNITED STATES - EUROPEAN RELATIONS AS BEING IN A STATE OF CRISIS IT IS BE- CAUSE THAT TERM DOES NOT ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THE DYNAMIC THAT IS CURRENTLY AT WORK. THE WORD CRISIS SUGGESTS THE POSSIBILITY OF SUDDEN AND DRAMATIC CHANGE - HOWEVER1 I BELIEVE tHAT. THE PROBLEMS WE SEE TODAY REFLECT TRENDS WHICH WILL SLOWLY BUT IRREVOCABLY CHANGE THE ' ' STRUCTURE OF WESTERN-SECURITY, IT IS HOW THAT CHANGE WILL TAKE '• PLACE1 HOW EUROPE WILL RESPOND AND THE ROLE THAT THE COMMUNITY SHOULD PLAY THAT I AM CONCERNED WITH TODAY. LOOKING AT THE CURRENT STATE OF ATLANTIC RELATIONS IT IS EVIDENT THAT ATTITUDES AND PERSPECTIVES ~ND PERSPECTIVES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ALLIANCE ARE BADLY OUT OF PHA

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