Speech by Gisela Stuart MP

Gisela Stuart MP On: EU–US Impact of the new Constitution 13 July 2004 “Thank you for inviting me to speak to your group tonight. The topic of the evening is “the impact of the EU constitution on our relationship with the US”. The title, which I admit I chose myself, sounded deceptively straight forward until I sat downContinue reading “Speech by Gisela Stuart MP”

Speech by General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE

General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE Commander in Chief, Allied Forces North 2001-2004 On: New Conceptual Thinking Required for the Armed Forces 21 May 2004 1.        “Thank you for inviting me.  It is a great privilege to be able to speak to such an audience at a time when the efficacy, utility and the morality ofContinue reading “Speech by General Sir Jack Deverell KCB OBE”

Speech by Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB, OBE, DL

Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB, OBE, DL On: The Challenges Facing UK Armed Forces 14 April 2004 Introduction “Honour to have been asked to dine with this illustrious Group; and speaking on behalf of myself and my fellow guests, May I thank you for your very fine hospitality. VMT introduction.  It was indeed a privilegeContinue reading “Speech by Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB, OBE, DL”

Speech by His Excellency Dr. Walter Schwimmer

His Excellency Dr. Walter Schwimmer Secretary General Of The Council of Europe On: The Council of Europe and the Way Forward 15 December 2003 “Less than a week ago, five of my staff and several members of the Parliamentary Assembly were staying at the Moscow hotel which was a target for suicide bombers. They were literallyContinue reading “Speech by His Excellency Dr. Walter Schwimmer”

Speech by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal On: The Euro-Atlantic and the Middle East 20 November, 2003 “It is a pleasure for me to be today with such an eminent group to discuss the Middle East. The main object of the European-Atlantic Group, according to your website “is to promote closer cooperation between European andContinue reading “Speech by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal”

Speech by Lord Slynn of Hadley

Lord Slynn of Hadley Lord of Appeal in Ordinary On: Legal Aspects of the Draft EU Constitution 22 July 2003 “Your Excellencies, my lords, ladies, and gentlemen. I approach this moment with some trepidation since it is the first occasion on which I have acted as Chairman of the European Atlantic Group although there haveContinue reading “Speech by Lord Slynn of Hadley”

Speech by The Baroness Hooper

The Baroness Hooper On: British and European Education 22 July 2003 “Education in Britain and Europe is a topic which goes very wide indeed.  In considering how to tackle it, I have decided to follow through some of my own ideas about the ways in which our Membership of the European Community might influence the educationContinue reading “Speech by The Baroness Hooper”

Speech by Admiral Sir Julian Oswald, KCB

Admiral Sir Julian Oswald, KCB Commander-in-Chief, British Navy On: The Channel Command Atlantic Hinge Point 12 February 2003 (From an Address by Admiral Oswald to the European Atlantic Group in his NATO capacities as Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel and Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic.  He was not speaking in his national capacity as Commander-in-Chief Fleet, and the views expressedContinue reading “Speech by Admiral Sir Julian Oswald, KCB”

Speech by His Excellency Dr Stanisław Komorowski

His Excellency Dr Stanisław Komorowski Ambassador of Poland On: Poland in the enlarged European Union 16 December 2002 “Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all let me thank you very much for the opportunity to present the Polish vision of Europe and the Polish place in the enlarged European Union, in this very special moment inContinue reading “Speech by His Excellency Dr Stanisław Komorowski”

Speech by Ambassador William S. Farish

Ambassador William S. Farish On: The Transatlantic Relationship Today 15 July 2002 “It has been exactly one year since I arrived in London to take up the post of United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. And what a year it has been. The horrific attacks of September 11 changed us, and ourContinue reading “Speech by Ambassador William S. Farish”

Speech by His Excellency Monsieur Daniel Bernard CMG, CBE

His Excellency Monsieur Daniel Bernard CMG, CBE The French Ambassador On: France and the UK in the European-Atlantic Context 17 June 2002 “We run two risks when we talk about Euro-Atlantic relations: that of wallowing in platitudes, or luxuriating in grandiloquence. I am not sure I am going to succeed in avoiding either, but IContinue reading “Speech by His Excellency Monsieur Daniel Bernard CMG, CBE”

Speech by General Joseph W. Ralston

General Joseph W. Ralston Supreme Allied Commander, Europe On: US-European Command Challenges 16 April 2002 “I would like to give you a quick summary of our area of responsibility; about what NATO is doing and what US-European command is doing.   This is a very busy alliance. I am not sure that all of us realise all ofContinue reading “Speech by General Joseph W. Ralston”

Speech by Sir David Goodall, GCMG

Sir David Goodall, GCMG Formerly High Commissioner to India On: India and Pakistan:  Flashpoint Kashmir 25 March 2002 “At the end of John Keay’s recent History of India, he concludes that the integrity of the Indian Republic now looks reasonably secure. But he adds one qualification: “So long as Pakistan continues to dispute the status of Jammu andContinue reading “Speech by Sir David Goodall, GCMG”

Speech by Rt. Hon. Neil Kinnock

Rt. Hon. Neil Kinnock President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development On: The Euro in Relation to the European Movement 18 February 2002 “Thank you my Lord (Lord Judd) for that lovely introduction.  It was so nice; I thought for a moment that I was dead. Not to be reading such praise in an obituary is especially pleasurable.  (laughter).Continue reading “Speech by Rt. Hon. Neil Kinnock”

Speech by General The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE

General The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE On: Defence and Security: The Future Threat  17 January 2002 “You’re Excellencies, my Lords, and gentlemen.  Thank you so much for your invitation; thank you very much for your introduction although it wasn’t completely accurate.  I’m not an official advisor to the Prime Minister, and I hadContinue reading “Speech by General The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE”

Speech by The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain, MP

The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain, MP Labour Minister On: The European Reaction to Terrorism 12 December 2001 “Osama bin Laden could never have calculated that the events of 11 September would unite the whole world in horror and bring together an unprecedented international coalition against terror. New prominence has been given to the role ofContinue reading “Speech by The Rt. Hon. Peter Hain, MP”

Speech by Professor Lawrence Freedman CBE

Professor Lawrence Freedman CBE Professor of War Studies, Kings College. London On: International Terrorism 22 November 2001 The following speech was transcribed verbatim, with minor abridgements.  ** “I have been given a rather broad topic for tonight:  international terrorism.  Rather than just try and offer some detailed commentary on what is going on at the moment andContinue reading “Speech by Professor Lawrence Freedman CBE”

Speech by His Excellency Mr. Ma Zhengang

His Excellency Mr. Ma Zhengang Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China On: China and the West 18 October 2001 “It is a really great honor for me to be speaking to the European Atlantic Group today.  After taking the kind advice of Mrs. Dangerfield, I changed the name of my talk.  To be frank, I felt a bitContinue reading “Speech by His Excellency Mr. Ma Zhengang”

Speech by Lord Russell-Johnston

Lord Russell-Johnston The President of the Parliamentary Assembly On: The Future of the Council of Europe 19 July 2001 “From personal experience, I am very much opposed to after-dinner speeches.  I seem to recall that the great Greek orator, Demosthenes, had it written into his contract that he would not be required of any andContinue reading “Speech by Lord Russell-Johnston”

Speech by His Excellency Dr. Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz

His Excellency Dr. Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz On: Germany, Britain and Europe; what matters is the Future…. 27 June 2001 “I know that some of you have to get away very promptly so I think we had better begin before you’ve finished your pudding and had a look at your coffee cups. It gives me very greatContinue reading “Speech by His Excellency Dr. Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz”

Speech by The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen Secretary General of NATO On: NATO: Shaping Security in the 21st Century 23 March 2001 “Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here with you this evening. Indeed, as Secretary General of NATO, I could hardly feel more at home than at a meeting of the European-Continue reading “Speech by The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen”

Speech by Ian Duncan Smith MP

Ian Duncan Smith MP Leader, Conservative Party On: Defence: NATO and the European Union 30 January 2001 “The nations of Europe have come a long way in the fifty-six years since the end of the Second World War. Together with the US and Canada under the umbrella of NATO we have faced down the threat fromContinue reading “Speech by Ian Duncan Smith MP”

Speech by General Sir Michael Rose

General Sir Michael Rose The former Commander of Bosnia On: General Writes Own Statement for Peace 20 December 2000  General Sir Michael Rose, and the role of peacekeeping in the Balkans. United Nations officials told General Sir Michael Rose during the Bosnian crisis in the early 1990s to “just do something.” The former UN peacekeeping forceContinue reading “Speech by General Sir Michael Rose”

Speech by Rt. Hon. The Lord Owen CH

Rt. Hon. The Lord Owen CH On: The Foreign and Security Policy Implications of the Euro 22 November 2000  “There were three important tests by which the European Defence Initiative, launched by Prime Minister Tony Blair at an Anglo-French Summit at St Malo in December 1998, was always going to be judged. First and foremost, wouldContinue reading “Speech by Rt. Hon. The Lord Owen CH”

Speech by The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, MP

The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, MP Shadow Foreign Secretary On: Current Foreign Policy Issues 30th October 2000  Introduction “It is a notable achievement that this Group is approaching its fiftieth anniversary. Within that time similar organisations have appeared and disappeared, so it has been a pleasure this evening to see, in such a large attendance,Continue reading “Speech by The Rt. Hon. Francis Maude, MP”