That Spartan culture of sacrifice and honor, of courage and commitment, is a fundamental part of the Greek Way. It reflects the values, enterprise, and determination of the people of Greece. They deserve our help and support, and - like the ancient Greeks before them - they will stand with and for us as well.
Romania is still often thought of as a country that is poor, corrupt, with dysfunctional public institutions and inefficient industry, a country that has yet to emerge from the shadows of its past. In reality, Romania is gradually conquering its longstanding internal issues to emerge as a financially sound country, one that is coming into a new era and in doing so is demonstrating the value of a gradual, cautious, approach to EU integration.