June 6th, 2019
Europeans need a strong and united Europe able to assert itself in global politics, Slovak President Andrej Kiska said at the Globsec 2019 security conference in Bratislava, also stressing the need for greater integration and investments in security and joint technology, such as a European chip. "In order to fulfil our ambitions, we need to be more integrated. A return to national states is no solution. We must be more European, not only in our speeches and not just in Brussels. Being European means respecting the principles of the rule of law as well as defending the freedom of the media and civil society because our EU isn't just an economic project, it's a union of values and democratic principles," said Kiska, delivering his final speech on foreign policy and security as Slovak president.