Edouard Balladur on the Urgency of a Union of America with Europe


The Streit Council and the National Press Club
co-sponsored a Press Conference on Tuesday, September 9, 2008
with Former Prime Minister of France Edouard Balladur entitled:


The Urgency Of a Union Of Europe With America



Click here (I, II, III, IV) to listen to Mr. Balladur's statement


Edouard Balladur, Prime Minister of France from 1993 to 1995, argued that uniting Europe organically with America is essential for the survival of Western values, in face of the rise of China , the return of Russia , and global terrorism. He presented his new book, For a Union of the West, which represents, in the words of the New York Times, "the underlying premise" of France's new pro-U.S. policies under Sarkozy. Current French President Nicolas Sarkozy had been PM Balladur's budget minister and spokesman, and they are still close.

The press conference was well attended, filling a double room in the press club. Mr. Balladur's opening statement was followed by a series of questions from the press.

Former Prime Minister of France Edouard Balladur (Left) with
Streit Council Executive Director,Tiziana Stella (Right
)


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