U.S.-EU Summit in Brussels

President Obama was in Brussels on March 26, 2014, for the U.S.-EU Summit, a press conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and a speech on transatlantic relations. The joint U.S.-EU summit statementreaffirmed the “strong partnership” between the European Union and the United States, and addressed a number of issues, most notably the crisis in Ukraine.

In his speech at the Palais des Beaux Arts (BOZAR), the President discussed the history shared by the United States and Europe, and how best to preserve the values and ideals that are central to the relationship. “I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced around the world,” because the contest of ideas continues, President Obama said. “And that’s what’s at stake in Ukraine today.”

The President also met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and senior Belgian officials and visited a World War I Flanders Field Cemetery.

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