Magazine article Global Finance

Miliband Urges Eu to Open Door to More New Members

Magazine article Global Finance

Miliband Urges Eu to Open Door to More New Members

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UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom's foreign secretary, David Miliband, says that the European Union should gradually expand further into Eastern Europe, including Russia, as well as into North Africa and the Middle East, but that it is not destined to become a superpower like the United States. In his first major speech on Britain's relationship with the rest of Europe, he said the EU could be a "model power of regional cooperation."

Miliband was speaking last month at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher almost 20 years earlier said it would be folly to try to fit the nations of Europe into "some sort of identikit European personality." Miliband's pro-Europe remarks were toned down somewhat by 10 Downing Street but managed to convey a message that promoting shared values of free trade, energy security, protecting the environment and fighting religious extremism gave the EU a new "raison d'etre. …

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