The history is that it was ever closer union of the peoples of Europe... But I was very clear in the speech that I made in Chatham House that it's not the lodestar by which Europe has navigated for some time, or will navigate in the future, said Douglas Alexander.
In a strongly pro-EU speech given at Chatham House on Thursday afternoon, Sir John said that while the EU was far from perfect, to leave would be to 'jump into a void'.
Speaking at Chatham House, Sir John, making a rare intervention into contemporary politics, made a powerful case for Britain staying in the EU having renegotiated a looser, more trade-based relationship with Brussels.
The former Tory leader highlighted the party's bitter divisions over Europe in a rare speech at Chatham House. Sir John admitted that he objected to referendums in principle but claimed that the only alternative was 'drifting' towards the EU exit.
Speaking at Chatham House, the former prime minster told lawmakers that they shouldn’t think 'offering advice' to Cameron would lead other countries to 'hear the strength of feeling and immediately capitulate.' Such behavior means Cameron 'would be seen to be acting under duress,' Major said.
Sir John Major told an audience of experts and journalists at Chatham House, 'Being inside the EU can often be frustrating; but outside, we would be at a serious competitive disadvantage.'
It is a time of tension in East Asia with growing nationalism, territorial claims between Japan and its neighbours and the persistent challenge of a nuclear North Korea. Recent leadership changes, however, offer the prospect of a fresh start in regional relations, writes John Swenson-Wright.
'We didn't realise how dangerous and violent these Salafists could be,' said Tunisia's president, Moncef Marzouki, late last year in Chatham House's The World Today.
There are three possible outcomes, all of them bad. If the regime wins it's bad. If the opposition wins it's bad. If nobody wins, it's worse, says Nadim Shehadi.