Proliferation of nuclear weapons to terrorist organisations is far more dangerous than proliferation of nuclear weapons to states, even states like North Korea.

— John Bruton

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European investment in Texas alone exceeds all U.S. investment in China and Japan put together.

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The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace.

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The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees.

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The time horizon may be too long for sole reliance on market solutions - but perhaps the inventiveness of the financial services industry will prove me wrong that point!

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Financial service providers act as the lubricating oil in the economy.

They link consumers who want to invest their savings for a good return with companies who want to borrow on best terms for expansion.

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But our system of regulation must keep up with this.

If it fails to keep up, it will hold back economic expansion. We need financial market regulation that works at national and European level.

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Ireland has a role to play in making the E.U. united and strong.

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When the E.U. and the U.S. agree, other countries follow.

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The economy is not an abstraction. The economy consists of people, and it will only grow if people feel secure and are reasonably free.

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The E.U. has moved to combat global terrorism by instituting common European arrest and evidence warrants and creating a joint situation center to pool and analyze intelligence.

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That's where my job comes in. Getting the E.U. and U.S. to agree.

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The EU and the U.S. often work together to develop international standards. This is the case in fighting terrorism and transnational crime, advancing trade liberalization, and combating piracy and intellectual property violations.

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About John Bruton

Quotes 27 sayings
Profession Former Taoiseach
Birthday May 18, 1947

If the EU and the US can cooperate successfully on regulating financial markets, everyone else will follow.

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The E.U. is the world's fastest growing democratic body.

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A terrorist nuclear detonation in a western city would destroy all economic confidence.

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The U.S. - E.U. economic relationship dwarfs America's economic ties with China.

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Indeed, American companies make three times as much profits from their investment in one E.U. country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China.

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We in Ireland have not been immune from the bigotry and the indifference which manifested itself in Europe this century

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Of course the EU and member states must work to ensure that people moving from one country to another understand their obligations and their rights in areas like health, road safety and further education.

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U.S. companies earn more from their investments in the EU than in the rest of the world combined.

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One cannot have economic growth without security.

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States can be deterred by the fear of retaliation;

non-state organisations cannot by deterred at all.

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U.S. companies rely on the European market for more than half of their global foreign profits.

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Since creation of the E.U. a half century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history.

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Non-proliferation will only work if all states are willing to cooperate, and that will only happen if all feel they are being treated fairly.

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David Cameron says he wants to keep Britain in the EU, but his tactics are so divisive that, if he gets what he wants it will be at the price of huge ill-will in Europe; or if he doesn't, it will be at the price of increased anti-EU sentiment in his own party and in British society.

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