The European Union should be more united, stronger and more attractive in order to cope with a series of challenges in the future, Director of Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu said Friday.
“In the medium and long run, the EU will face three big political and strategic challenges. Russia will take profit of instability at the EU borders. The majority of countries in the neighbourhood are politically unstable, close to fragmentation. There are challenges related to demographics and disparities among religious cults. Then, there is the economic decline of Russia, which could become one of the main challenges to face the EU,” Ungureanu said in a speech to the Bucharest Forum 2015.
He then mentioned the potential of China and the fact that China is EU’s indispensable partner, especially when it comes to the liberalisation of world trade.
“The United States of America will continue to be the most important player in the world, but securing the stability of the entire world will be too big a challenge for the US to face alone. The EU should be ready, no matter what the part of the US will be on the world stages. The EU should step in because its security depends on doing so,” added the SIE director. More….