The contrast with European action on economic issues could not be clearer, where decisions are taken by EU institutions on the basis of a common European interest.
This enabled the then-European Community to act swiftly and decisively over economic sanctions against Serbia, and previously against South Africa and against Argentina over the Falklands conflict.
The obvious lesson is that, as on economic matters, the EUshould act as one over foreign policy and our common security. The earlier we move from inter- governmental consensus, representing the lowest common denominator between differing national viewpoints, to European institutions taking decisions in the common interest, the sooner will we able to play a significant role in promoting peace and security on our own continent and beyond.
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