A new and more powerful common front of European nationalists could be born. The Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) has joined the joint declaration of 16 national parties of the European Parliament calling for a reform of the European Union to prevent the creation of a European super-state free of nations and the establishment of an ideological monopoly.
“The European Union needs a fundamental reform because it is no longer a question of protecting Europe and its heritage or allowing the peoples of Europe to develop freely. Instead, the European Union itself has become a source of problems, fear and uncertainty. The peoples feel that the right to exercise their legitimate and sovereign power is being silently and successively being deprived of them, ”the statement said.
“The EU is increasingly becoming a tool for extremist forces who want to change Europe culturally and religiously with the aim of creating a stateless structure, a European superpower, destroying or abolishing European traditions, changing social institutions and moral principles.”
Attempts to make the institutions of the European Union superordinate to national constitutional institutions, the statement said, will lead to chaos, undermine the Treaties and call into question the role of the member states’ constitutions. “Competence disputes that result from this, however, are settled by the fact that the will of the politically stronger is forced on the will of the weak. It destroys the foundations of the European community as a free community. “
The declaration states, among other things, that at a time when Europe is facing a severe demographic crisis, a low birth rate and an aging population, the solution lies in family-friendly policies rather than mass immigration.
According to Jaak Madison, who signed the EKRE declaration, the joint declaration is the first step in consolidating the European national parties.
“The joint declaration laid the foundation for the possible formation of a new political group in the European Parliament. It would be one of the largest political groups in the European Parliament, bringing together Poles, Hungarians, Estonians, French, Austrians, Danes, Finns, Italians and representatives of several other countries in the European Parliament, ”said Madison.
Text of the joint declaration
- In the recent debate on the future of Europe, the voice of the parties that work for the freedom and traditions of the peoples of Europe and represent the citizens who defend European traditions must also be heard.
- The turbulent history of Europe, especially in the last century, has posed many problems. The peoples who defended their sovereignty and territorial integrity from the attackers suffered inhumanly. After World War II, many European countries suffered decades of Soviet totalitarian rule before regaining their independence.
- Sovereignty, the transatlantic relations of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty as well as the cooperating nations and the peace between them are great achievements for many Europeans, which also ensure a lasting feeling of security and create the best conditions for development. The integration process has contributed in many ways to maintaining cooperation and peace, but also to mutual understanding and good relations between the countries. Work must continue to achieve this epoch-making value.
- Unfortunately, a number of crises over the past decade have shaken, and shaken, cooperation and peace; especially because the peoples feel that they are quietly and gradually being deprived of the right to exercise their legitimate and sovereign power. The European Union needs fundamental reform because it is no longer a question of protecting Europe and its heritage or allowing the peoples of Europe to develop freely. Instead, the European Union itself has become a source of problems, fear and uncertainty.
- The EU is increasingly becoming a tool for extremist forces who want to carry out the cultural and religious change in Europe with the aim of creating a stateless structure, a European superstate, the destruction or abolition of European traditions, the change of social institutions and moral principles.
- The exploitation of political structures and laws to create a European superstate and new social structures is an expression of a dangerous and aggressive social construction of the past, which must be countered legally. The moral overactivity of the EU institutions in recent years has created a dangerous tendency towards the creation of an ideological monopoly.
- We believe that cooperation between the peoples of Europe must be based on traditions, as well as respect for the culture and history of European countries, respect for the Judeo-Christian heritage of Europe and the common values that unite our peoples, not theirs Destruction. We reaffirm our belief that the family is the core value of our peoples. At a time when Europe is facing a serious demographic crisis, low birth rate and an aging population, the solution is family-friendly politics, not mass immigration.
- We are convinced that the peoples of Europe are and will remain European sovereignty. The European Union was founded by these peoples in order to achieve goals that can be achieved more effectively through a common union than individual countries. However, the EU’s competences are limited by the principle that matters that do not fall within the Union’s competence are decided by the Member States in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity.
- The European Union has constantly reinterpreted the treaties over the past few decades and significantly shifted the borders to the detriment of the member states. Such an approach is not in line with the fundamental values of the EU and will lead to a loss of confidence in the institutions of the peoples and citizens of Europe. In order to stop and reverse such developments, in addition to the existing principle of decentralization, it is necessary to create a series of inviolable competences for the EU member states and a suitable protective mechanism involving national constitutional courts or equivalent bodies.
- Any attempt to transform the institutions of the European Union into bodies that take precedence over the national constitutional institutions will create chaos, undermine the Treaties and call into question the role of the Member States’ constitutions. The resulting disputes over competencies are, however, settled by the fact that the politically stronger impose their will on the weaker. It destroys the foundations of the European community as a free community.
- We believe that the principle of consensus should remain the main instrument for establishing common positions in the European Union. Recent attempts to bypass these procedures or overturn these ideas threaten to remove some member states from the decision-making process and turn the EU into some sort of oligarchy. It can also de facto restrict the powers of the constitutional bodies of the member states, including governments and parliaments, and make them validate decisions already taken elsewhere.
There is still a strong willingness to work together between Member States, and there is a spirit of community and friendship between our countries and societies. This is our greatest asset. The reformed European Union will help us use this capital, but the Union that opposes reform will let it go.
- We therefore appeal to all parties and groups that share the basic principles of common cultural and political action mentioned in this document, while respecting the current role of each group. Let us together reform the European Union for the Europe of the future!