US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upcoming visit to Europe, number 38, is likely to be her last in the office; she is expected to step down in the coming months. Before she goes she intends to nail her legacy as far as US-EU relations go, so Clinton has made a speech insisting on the potential, and necessity, of enhanced transatlantic relations.
“I hope we will continue working to find a way forward and make stronger trade and investment ties a major strategic goal of our transatlantic alliance,” she said at Washington think-tank the Brookings Institute. She visits Prague, Brussels, Dublin and Belfast in her upcoming EU trip.
Afghanistan, Iran, energy and trade should be crucial, she suggested, adding Europe would do well to join America in its “pivot” towards Asia, but insisting that pivot did not imply relations with Europe had been downgraded.
“There is an old saying; if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. And this is how Hillary Clinton wants US-EU relations to thrive,” says euronews’ US correspondant Stefan Grobe.