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On the Road to the European Union (November 19, 1981)

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We realize that we must proceed with caution in this particular area. But we believe the inclusion of the political and economic dimensions of European security in the nascent common foreign policy to be absolutely indispensable. What we mean by this is firstly, point analysis of global and regional factors endangering the security of the Community; secondly, the development of active global policies on the part of the Ten designed to counter such dangers and to help guarantee the economic security of the Community and our supplies of energy and raw materials; thirdly, improving the ability of the Ten to coordinate their response with others to crises in the world in line with our common interests; fourthly, finally and above all, the development of a constructive, pan-European policy on the part of the Ten which, despite the division of our continent into two power blocks, will lead – via dialogue and cooperation, confidence-building, arms control and disarmament to an agreed level of stability on the basis of a balance of power – to a European peace for which it will be the job of that policy of ours to develop the political and economic dimensions.

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Source: Sitting of November 19, 1981, Official Journal of the European Communities, No. 1-277 [English edition] Debates of the European Parliament. 1981-1982 Session. Report of Proceedings from 16 to 20 November 1981. Europe House, Strasbourg, pp. 216-17.

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