Biden says U.S. and EU need each other more than ever
Americans and Europeans need each other more than ever, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden told the European Parliament Thursday.
There was no doubt the U.S. would continue strong support for the European Union, Biden told the members (MEPs). "Listening to the allies will be important and helpful," he said, Xinhua reported.
Biden also welcomed a new EU with more power and responsibility after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treay in December 2009.
Bedin's visit to the parliament will be the most senior by a U.S. official since late U.S. president Ronald Reagan spoke to the chamber in 1985 to mark 40 years since Victory in Europe.
"Much has changed since 1985. The world has changed in other ways," Biden said, appealing the EU to stand side by side to tackle challenges they are facing one by one.
While focusing on Europe's strategic partnership with Washington in a multilateral world, Biden also spoke about climate change, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, a missile defense system and global governance in his speech.