EU-LATIN AMERICA: SCHULZ, “REGIONAL INTEGRATION TO FACE GLOBAL CHALLENGES”
(Sir Europe – Strasbourg) – “A country alone cannot stand up to international competition, to global challenges”. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, from Germany, alongside president of Peru Humala, spoke on the theme of political integration between states. “I can give an example”, he told SIR Europe. “The population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion by 2040; by that time, Germany, the country with the largest population in Europe, will have reached 76 million, that is, less than one hundredth of the world’s total population. It is evident that in this context no state – the only exception may be China – can stand up to global challenges alone. We will have to promote regional integration especially in Europe”. The meeting with president Humala “was significant and I would like to meet with other heads of state from other regions of the world”, Schulz continued. “Europe needs more integration to play an active role” on the international stage, as well as to strengthen its co-operation and collaboration with other regions of the world, to overcome the economic crisis and financial speculation. Mr. Humala in his speech recalled that “next year there will be a EU-Latin American Summit in Chile”, a good occasion to continue this debate.