What then does a European foreign and security policy look like? For beginners, it’s so utterly different from anything that came before it in human history that it requires a leap of human imagination to even entertain it. European foreign policy is built on spreading peace rather than amassing power... a new vision of perpetual peace... That’s why European leaders favor negotiation over ultimatums, reconciliation over recrimination, and cooperation over competition... The essence of the European Dream is the overcoming of brute power and the establishment of moral conscience as the operating principle governing the affairs of the human family.
The European Dream by Jeremy Rifkin, Penguin 2005