The European Union (EU) is made up of free and equal nation-states, linked by a number of areas of close co-operation, and Europe can only be saved from further crises and tensions through a co-operative model to “prevent the destructive idea of a Europe run by a self-appointed elite,” European conservative party leaders said on Saturday’s Warsaw conference in a final joint statement.
At a conference called the Warsaw Summit, 13 pan-European parties were represented, stated Polish organizers. The meeting was attended, among others, by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Marine Le Pen, Presidential Candidate of the French National Rally, and Santiago Abascal, President of the Spanish Vox. On the Polish side, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) leading the ruling coalition, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki were also present.
These leaders agreed on rejecting the arbitrary application of EU law and the violation and distortion of the basic treaties. Only the sovereign institutions of Member States have full democratic legitimacy, they stressed. European institutions do not have the same legitimacy, so they must play a subordinate role to the nation-state and not become a tool for social planning to create a new “European nation.”
The statement mentions their opposition to “ideologically-based” language free of Christian elements, an example of which is the European Commission’s recent proposal to remove the use of the word “Christmas.”
The concept of a European nation “has never existed, does not exist today and cannot exist in the future,” the statement said.
The participants at the conference declared their intention to continue cooperating at various levels and in forums with all parties and organizations that care about Europe’s unique heritage and the idea of a Europe made up of nations.
The conference also hosted discussions on developing closer cooperation between themselves in the European Parliament, including organizing joint meetings and coordinating votes on issues such as protecting Member States’ sovereignty and illegal immigration.
As previously reported, the leaders of the Italian League and the Italian Brothers, Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, did not take part in the summit of Euroskeptic and populist right-wing parties, although Salvini’s party was originally a part of the 16-party initiative that had intended to launch a new group in the European Parliament.
However, it has become clear in recent days that for the moment the parties at the Warsaw Summit will not be forming a new EP group.
They plan to hold another conference in Spain in the next few months in response to the expected EU debate on the future of Europe.
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