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'No European country capable of responding to new world order'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Spain's said that no European nation is "capable" of responding to the rise of multipolarity and a new order with the emergence of "economic giants" like India, China, and

Borell made these comments during his ministerial address at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, which is being attended by around 600 delegates from over 90 countries.

"The EU was created before globalisation to deal with issues. Now with the rise of multi-and the emergence of economic giants like India, China, and Brazil, no European country is capable of responding to the new order," he remarked at the event. "The reality remains that the only way European countries can face these tectonic changes is... together! Sometimes, ceding sovereignty can help protect sovereignty," he added.

The Spanish leader called for the (EU) to develop its hard power to be seen as a "credible power". "History will judge EU based on the decisions that it takes today. We cannot be a soft power forever. EU needs to develop its hard power to be collectively seen as a credible power," he stated.

Furthermore, Borell, during his address on the idea behind the EU and its future at the event, labelled it as a "nanny state".

"has gone from looking at the EU as something that helps develop infrastructure and lends member countries international legitimacy to a body that acts as a nanny state - whose values are often at odds with its founding principles," he outlined.

He put forth that the EU is "not prepared" to deal with mass migration while highlighting that incidents of migration have led to a "divide between the eastern and western countries" in the EU.

"Migration and asylum seekers have caused a divide between the eastern and western countries of the EU. With Eastern nations being inequitably impacted. They see as a new - and the EU as USSR, something that can dilute national identities," the Spanish and Cooperation said.

The Spanish leader is currently on a four-day official visit to and has met with several high-level officials, including

Borell is scheduled to emplane for on January 10.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:00 IST
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