The decision to declare ‘war on terror’ was incorrect, because terrorism is a tactic that people have been resorting to for a long time, said the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1991-93) and US former Defense Minister (2006-11), Robert Gates.
The European Union should opt for the strengthening of external borders, in order to avoid growing barriers inside Europe, said President of the European Commission (2004-2014), Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004), Jose Manuel Barroso, at the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting (YES).
Classic ideologies have lost their popularity and politicians are trying to find support in the past, thinks Carl Bildt, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Sweden (2006-2014), Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994) .
Ukraine is currently undergoing a similar political transformation to that which the USA experienced in the late 18th century, Ukrainian public activist and Okean Elzy rock band frontman Svyatoslav Vakarchuk said at the 13th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting.
The rhetoric of intolerance that there is in the US presidential election campaign implies great threats both for the United States of America and for the whole world, said former Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2014-2016) Natalia Jaresko at the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting (YES).
The EU and Turkey should pay more attention to economic cooperation in the course of bilateral negotiations, said Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, at the 13th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting.
For the last half a century, Turkey has been in the European Union’s waiting hall, however no further steps have been made and this is disappointing, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Mehmet Simsek, has said. Simsek was speaking to the 13th Annual Meeting of the Yalta European Strategy.
The decision of Great Britain to exit the European Union should not be considered as a sign of the European Union falling apart, said Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, at the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting (YES).
Moderate political forces in Europe need to re-claim leadership of their countries, at the national level, in order for the EU to maintain its integrity and develop further, former European Commission President (2004-2014), Jose Manuel Barroso, said at the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting.