Europe needs renaissance of its values: PM Morawiecki

What we need right now is the renaissance of Europe and its values; Europe cannot be a dictate of the stronger, said the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki after a trilateral meeting in Budapest with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán and Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Italian League party.

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One of the reasons for holding the meeting was the fact that the Hungarian party Fidesz left the European People’s Party in the European Parliament on March 18. Then, Prime Minister Orban said that Hungary, Poland and Italy would try to reorganise the European right.

“We agreed on a few things and talked about the values we share. Apart from our commitment to transatlantic cooperation, we strive for freedom, dignity, Christian values and a Europe of sovereign nations,” Mr Orbán said, who hosted Mr Morawiecki and Mr Salvini in the Hungarian capital city.

“There is no contradiction between us; we want to represent the Christian democrats in the EU. We say no to censorship and anti-Semitism,” he added.

“Our priorities are transatlantic cooperation and deepened European integration, respecting national sovereignty and traditional values,” PM Morawiecki said.

“The European integration can develop further, but we must not neglect the roots from which this process grows,” he added.

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“There are forces that cut themselves off from the common heritage of Europe’s tradition, respect for the family, sovereign state, human dignity, respect for truth, the right of nations to self-determination. We want to propose a counter-offer to these forces,” the Polish PM stated.

He went on, calling for dialogue and inter-European solidarity for shared values.

According to Matteo Salvini, every European country deserves respect and “never any member state shall be blackmailed.”

“Every country should have the right to follow their own path, because there is no organisation that is in power to decide who is a democrat and who is not,” he stated.

“We are here to build something durable,” the Italian politician added.

The politicians also appealed to the European Commission to increase the purchase of vaccines because, as they said, it is “a basic condition to stop the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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