Mogherini: EU fears ‘rule of jun­gle’ may win over rule of law

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EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini ex­pressed fear that the “rule of the jun­gle” may pre­vail over the rule of law in global re­la­tions as im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional treaties are be­ing chal­lenged.

Mogherini was speak­ing at the Har­vard Kennedy School for Science and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs in Bos­ton, United States. ‘To­day, I am afraid we have to ad­mit that such a new world or­der has never truly ma­te­ri­al­ized and worse, there is a real risk to­day that the rule of the jun­gle re­places the rule of law.

The same in­ter­na­tional treaties — so many in which we are to­gether — that ended the Cold War are to­day put into ques­tion’, Mogherini said at the Har­vard Kennedy School for Science and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs. Ac­cord­ing to Mogherini, in­stead of con­struct­ing a new world or­der, it is bet­ter to in­vest ‘in pre­vent­ing the cur­rent rules from be­ing dis­man­tled’.

The diplo­mat has also re­peat­edly stressed the im­por­tance of close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Eu­ro­pean Union and the United States for build­ing a fair world or­der.

Dur­ing her speech, Mogherini also men­tioned the re­cent in­ci­dent with the Rus­sian Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (FSB) de­tain­ing Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov for il­le­gal bor­der cross­ing. We have seen in these very weeks that we share the same in­ter­est in ad­dress­ing Rus­sia’s vi­o­la­tion of Ukraine’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity: only to­gether can Europe and Amer­ica face the chal­lenges that Rus­sia poses on Eu­ro­pean soil, but also else­where… And the cur­rent events in the Sea of Azov are some­how — I would not say the in­evitable con­se­quence, be­cause things like that should al­ways be avoid­able but — the di­rect con­se­quence of a clear vi­o­la­tion of the ba­sic rules of peace­ful co-ex­is­tence on Eu­ro­pean ter­ri­tory’, Mogherini said.

In the Eu­ro­pean [Union] treaties we clearly state that NATO is the pil­lar of our col­lec­tive de­fense. I don’t think that NATO is rec­og­nized in this man­ner in any other treaty any­where in the world. So there is no doubt about that. In fact, our co­op­er­a­tion with NATO as I said has never been closer than to­day and I’m grate­ful to my friend, Jens Stoltenberg [NATO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral] for the ex­cel­lent work we’ve done to­gether in these years.

I know that many peo­ple here in Amer­ica, in­clud­ing in Wash­ing­ton D.C., un­der­stand this per­fectly well: that our se­cu­rity is tied; that our des­tinies are con­nected more closely than we of­ten ad­mit.

So, I don’t want to un­der­play the breadth and the depth of our dis­agree­ments with the cur­rent U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion: they’re there and they’re self-ev­i­dent. Some­times they are so self-ev­i­dent that they hide all the rest and this is a shame.

But it is true that on Iran or on Jerusalem we be­lieve that this ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken de­ci­sions that run counter to our col­lec­tive in­ter­est and to our col­lec­tive se­cu­rity: our Eu­ro­pean one but also the US’ in­ter­est and se­cu­rity. And I know that these are is­sues for de­bate in­side the United States as is nor­mal.

We con­tinue to be­lieve that a great coun­try like Amer­ica should not see in­ter­na­tional rules and mul­ti­lat­eral struc­tures as a con­straint or even as an ob­sta­cle to re­move. Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism for us is a guar­an­tee for global peace and se­cu­rity, and as such it is the best tool that we have to ad­vance our na­tional in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing, I be­lieve, Amer­i­can in­ter­ests. Yet be­yond these dis­agree­ments, our co­op­er­a­tion with the United States con- tin­ues to be very close on most files. No other world pow­ers are as close as we are. Close your eyes for a mo­ment and think of it. Europe is im­mensely closer to the United States. No one can have any doubt about it. Think of China, Rus­sia, oth­ers. We need not even ask the ques­tion.

This is only nat­u­ral. The Eu­ro­pean Union is Amer­ica’s largest trad­ing part­ner, is the largest for­eign in­vestor in the Amer­i­can econ­omy, and, be­yond that, there is much more that unites us than di­vides us. But the econ­omy is a good ba­sis to start on.

For 70 years we’ve been proud to be one transat­lantic com­mu­nity. We’ve been part of the same his­tory and the same destiny. We have shared the same as­pi­ra­tion to those four free­doms that Franklin Roo­sevelt de­scribed in the dark­est mo­ments of World War Two: free­dom of speech; free­dom of re­li­gion; free­dom from fear; and free­dom from want.

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