In an interview with Denis Staunton of the IT today Hillary Clinton gives the US view on where the EU is going.
Deeper European political integration, including the enhanced EU foreign policy role envisaged in the Lisbon Treaty, are in the United States national interest, according to secretary of state Hillary Clinton. In an interview with The Irish Times , Mrs Clinton said that, while treaty changes are strictly a matter for EU member-states to decide, the Obama administration would welcome a more coherent foreign policy role.
“I think there would be advantages in having an interlocutor who represented decisions taken by the EU. It wouldn’t in any way eliminate the bilateral relations which the United States pursues with individual countries but on a number of matters, the EU being organised in that way could facilitate decisions,” she said.
“I believe [political integration is] in Europe’s interest and I believe that is in the United States interest because we want a strong Europe . We want a strong transatlantic alliance. So again, we don’t have any vote or voice in these internal European matters but the Obama administration welcomes actions that strengthen Europe and relations among European nations, a commitment on the part of Europe to be a full participant and leader in a lot of these global challenges.”
Those who portray some Irish opponents to EU political integration as being proxy US agents might have to decide whether Clinton is lying, or whether they have been wrong in their assumptions.