John Bruton

(John Gerard Bruton)

John Bruton
John Bruton
  • Born: May 18, 1947
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Profession: Politician









John Gerard Bruton is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States from 2004 to 2009, Leader of Fine Gael from 1990 to 2001, Leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1994 and 1997 to 2001, Deputy Leader of Fine Gael from 1987 to 1990, Minister for the Public Service from January 1987 to March 1987, Minister for Finance from 1981 to 1982 and 1986 to 1987, Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism from 1983 to 1986, Minister for Industry and Energy from 1982 to 1983, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Commerce from 1973 to 1977. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1969 to 2004.

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I am sick of answering questions about the fucking peace process. Negotiating & Negotiations
A terrorist nuclear detonation in a western city would destroy all economic confidence.
But our system of regulation must keep up with this. If it fails to keep up, it will hold back economic expansion. We need financial market regulation that works at national and European level.
European investment in Texas alone exceeds all U.S. investment in China and Japan put together.
Financial service providers act as the lubricating oil in the economy. They link consumers who want to invest their savings for a good return with companies who want to borrow on best terms for expansion.
If the EU and the US can cooperate successfully on regulating financial markets, everyone else will follow.
Indeed, American companies make three times as much profits from their investment in one E.U. country, Ireland, than they do from all their investments in China.
Ireland has a role to play in making the E.U. united and strong.
It is not viable for one country to demand a right to increase and upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities while asking others to eliminate theirs.
Non-proliferation will only work if all states are willing to cooperate, and that will only happen if all feel they are being treated fairly. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Of course the EU and member states must work to ensure that people moving from one country to another understand their obligations and their rights in areas like health, road safety and further education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
One cannot have economic growth without security.
Proliferation of nuclear weapons to terrorist organisations is far more dangerous than proliferation of nuclear weapons to states, even states like North Korea.
Since creation of the E.U. a half century ago, Europe has enjoyed the longest period of peace in its history. History ;War & Peace
States can be deterred by the fear of retaliation; non-state organisations cannot by deterred at all.
That's where my job comes in. Getting the E.U. and U.S. to agree.
The E.U. has moved to combat global terrorism by instituting common European arrest and evidence warrants and creating a joint situation center to pool and analyze intelligence.
The E.U. imports more agricultural goods from developing countries around the world than does the U.S., Canada and Japan, combined.
The E.U. is more than just a trade organization or a common market; it is a guarantee of democracy, freedom, justice, and human rights. Nations cannot stay in the E.U. if they do not respect these guarantees. Respect ;Freedom & Liberty
The E.U. is the world's fastest growing democratic body.
The economy is not an abstraction. The economy consists of people, and it will only grow if people feel secure and are reasonably free.
The EU and the U.S. often work together to develop international standards. This is the case in fighting terrorism and transnational crime, advancing trade liberalization, and combating piracy and intellectual property violations. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The European Union is the world's most successful invention for advancing peace. War & Peace
The time horizon may be too long for sole reliance on market solutions - but perhaps the inventiveness of the financial services industry will prove me wrong that point! Time
The U.S. - E.U. economic relationship dwarfs America's economic ties with China.
U.S. companies earn more from their investments in the EU than in the rest of the world combined.
U.S. companies rely on the European market for more than half of their global foreign profits.
We can demonstrate, by our own example, how E.U. freedoms, including the freedom of nationals of other E.U. countries to come and work here, has enabled us to expand our economy. Freedom & Liberty ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When the E.U. and the U.S. agree, other countries follow.