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Relations between Europe and the United States are in much better shape than they might appear, says Javier Solana -
Some see the re-election of president George W Bush as heralding four years of transatlantic tension and division. The pessimists paint a picture of diverging social values and irreconcilable world views generating a steady stream of policy differences. Are we set for terminal transatlantic drift? Is the most successful alliance in modern history entering its twilight years?....
As a union of 25 states with over 450 million people producing a quarter of the world’s GNP, the EU is inevitably a global actor. The question remains only as to what kind of actor the union will be. I am confident that the increasing convergence of European interests, the development of new capabilities and the greater focus and continuity offered by the constitution will allow us to be a credible and effective actor. A more united and effective EU is manifestly in America’s interest; and a close partnership with the US is the only way Europe can achieve its international ambitions. As the European Union’s future minister for foreign affairs I will do all I can to achieve these aims.
Javier Solana is the European Union’s high representative for the common foreign and security policy. He will become EU foreign minister when the union’s constitutional treaty comes into force.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs is appointed by the European Council acting by qualified majority, with the agreement of the President of the Commission . The European Council may end the Minister's tenure by the same procedure as that through which he or she was appointed.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs is also one of the Vice-Presidents of the Commission . In this capacity he or she is part of the Commission, which, as a collegiate body, has to be approved by the European Parliament before taking up its duties. In exercising responsibilities within the Commission, and only in exercising those responsibilities, the Minister is bound by Commission procedures. As a result of the discussions at the IGC the Constitutional Treaty now states that in the event of a motion of censure adopted against the Commission by the European Parliament, the Minister will be treated differently, in that he or she must "resign from duties that he or she carries out in the Commission". This allows the Minister to continue to perform Council duties pending the formation of a new Commission.
Pronounced: hah-VYER [key]
Spanish form of XAVIER
Usage: English, French, Portuguese, Catalan
Pronounced: ZAY-vee-ur (English), ZAY-vyur (English), ig-ZAY-vee-ur (English), za-VYAY (French) [key]
Derived from the Basque place name Etxabier meaning "the new house". Saint Francis Xavier was the Jesuit priest who popularized the name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in eastern Asia. He is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries.
Pronounced: kawn-sep-SYAWN, kawn-sep-THYAWN [key]
Means "conception" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the Immaculate Conception of Mary. A city in Chile bears this name.
Does this name make spiritual chills go up and down your spiritual spine -- Javier Solana?
Javier Solana is a 62-year-old Spaniard who has acquired great influence in the European Union. He is apparently brilliant, has a doctorate in physics, and was a Fulbright scholar. He is a member of the Spanish Socialist party, and is a member of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome.
His "career path" has been intriguing, to say the least. He was NATO Secretary General and chairman of the North Atlantic Council -- NATO's highest decision-making body comprising high representatives of the 16 member countries.
Solana seems to have an almost magical (supernatural?) ability to negotiate and bring parties together in complex and hotly contested situations. For examples (from www.raptureready.us...):
Solana, under a mandate from NATO's 16 nations, negotiated the Founding Act with the Russian Federation which was signed in Paris in May 1997 and which is establishing a new partnership of cooperation and consultation with Russia.
Under a similar, separate, mandate Dr Solana also negotiated a new relationship with Ukraine culminating in the signing of the Ukraine-NATO Charter on a Distinctive Partnership in July of 1997.
During his term in office, the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, bringing together the 16 NATO nations and 28 Partner countries was set up in Sintra, Portugal, in May, 1997. The EAPC provides a political roof for consultations and cooperation on a wide variety of security-related issues among the 44 and for Partnership for Peace activities.
He presided over the NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Madrid in July 1997 when the Allies invited Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to begin talks to join the Alliance.
He is presently head of the European Union foreign affairs, with the official title of "High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy for the European Union." This is an extremely strategic position. He is probably the most powerful man in the EU -- and maybe the world.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
He will be of a kingdom that is divided, partly strong and partly weak, and shall not cleave to each other (Daniel 2:41-43)
It's easy to see how Europe is a Revived Roman Empire that is "divided". The very fact there is a WEU of 10 official members and a broader EU of 25 members shows a Europe is still divided. And the fact that the nations "will not cleave to one another" has been played out before all our eyes in the Iraq war, the problems of ratifying of the EU Constitution, amid other disagreements which seem to come up from time to time.
He will be of a kingdom that will engulf the whole world (Daniel 7:23)
Although Javier Solana is High Representative of the WEU, only a 10 nation federation the tentacles of the WEU and the EU continue to spread throughout the world.
He will head a 10 nation federation (Daniel 7:24)
He is Secretary General of the WEU, the military arm of the EU, and comprises the 10 original member states that signed the Treaty of Brussels. These are the only nations of the WEU that have official member status. Other nations have different statuses within the WEU as described in detail below.
On February 23, 1981 he was in the parliament when it was taken over for 18 hours in an attempted coup by armed gunmen led by Antonio Tejero.
Towards the end of 1995 Solana, the only surviving member of González's original cabinet, was talked about in the press as a possible candidate to replace him and lead the PSOE in the following March elections. Instead, he made the leap to international politics.
On March 24, Solana launched air attacks on military and civilian targets in both Serbia and Kosovo province. These attacks were made without the authorisation of the United Nations (UN) Security Council because of the opposition of Russia. Solana justified the attacks on humanitarian grounds, and on the responsibility of NATO to keep peace in the European region. He said he wanted to avoid the ethnic cleansing seen in Bosnia. Solana and NATO were criticised for the civilian casualties their bombings caused. On April 23 and 24, the North Atlantic Council met in Washington D.C. where the Heads of State of the member nations agreed to the New Strategic Concept, which changed and amplified the basic defensive nature of the organisation. This allowed for humanitarian intervention in a greater range of crisis situations than before, also allowing NATO to prevent and control the development of crises.
This seems odd too, outlast every other member in your political party cabinet then jump ship when you get a chance at the top job? Sounds like a man with a much bigger plan.