President Michael D. Higgins’ speech at the launch of Task’s The Flourishing Society, expresses with clarity how the commitment to equality has been slowly eroded from the EU.
He said “Previous discourse about the future of the European Union that balanced ‘competitiveness’ and ‘cohesion’ has been systematically discarded with ‘cohesion’ rarely occurring in major statements from those who speak of the future of Europe.”
He developed this theme in his address ‘Towards a European Union of the Citizens’ delivered in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, Wednesday, 17th April, 2013. The speech was responded with both pride and discomfort amongst media commentators and pundits!
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Global Issues website posted very sobering global arms trade statistics, the quote that got my attention was the information on UN Security Council membership “The five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China. Together, they are responsible for eighty-eight per cent of reported conventional arms exports.”
The EU is also seeking to become a major player in the global arms trade. Many people who voted yes for the last Lisbon Treaty referendum, did so because of environment, equality and human rights provisions in the Treaty. But now we need to focus on the environment, equality and human rights implications of a stronger EU Arms Industry, and how that will compromise EU policy on the rights of non EU citizens.