Mogherini on Europe Day: the world needs a strong Europe more than ever

May 9, 2016
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On the occasion of Europe Day celebrated on 9 May, the EU High Representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini issued a rallying cry stressing the essential nature of the European project to the world: “In this tough moment in the history of the world, the world needs a strong Europe more than ever. We have a responsibility to our own citizens, and also to the rest of the world.”
“Everywhere I go, people look at Europe with so much admiration, and hope… In no other place is there so much freedom – freedom to speak our mind, freedom to move, freedom to pray and not to pray, freedom to love, freedom to vote, freedom to choose our own destiny and work to make it real”, she said recalling that everywhere in the world the EU is “the first trading partner, the first investor, the first donor for humanitarian and development aid, the first diplomatic power.”
“This is why we need Europe day: to be proud of what we have achieved, to keep in mind that we cannot take it for granted, and to realise that European and non-Europeans need Europe”, she stressed. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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