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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

The situation in Hungary (debate)

  Roberta Metsola (PPE). – Mr President, we are here today to show that politics must be about principle and values. That means taking tough but necessary decisions. Of course we can choose to close our eyes, but too much of Europe’s history is marked by terrible decisions taken in the name of expediency. We know that appeasement never works, we know that our values are worth more than just the paper they are written on, and we know that from some things, we cannot look away.

Europe is a hope, it is a promise, it is an ideal, and I see Europe as the pillar of light sandwiched between Trumpian clouds and Putinesque shadows. Our European way – of freedom, compassion, fierce personal liberty, passionate equality, the rule of law, free thought, free movement and a free press, and the protection of minorities is a global symbol of enduring courage. We should be proud of that. The litmus test of a European nation is how well these values are nurtured and protected. If, despite everything, despite all the calls to change direction, despite all the extended hands of friendship, our values remain under serious threat, as they are in Hungary, then we must act. We must choose the politics of hope over the politics of fear and cheap populism. We must protect the European way, always. And so, in the name of all those who sat in this Chamber before us, in the name of all those who believed and believe still, tomorrow I shall stand up for Europe.


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