Sandra KALNIETE
  • Sandra
    KALNIETE
  • Groupe du Parti populaire européen (Démocrates-Chrétiens)
  • Vice-présidente
  • Lettonie Partija "VIENOTĪBA"
  • Date de naissance : 22 décembre 1952, Tomskas apg. Kolpaševas raj. Toguras ciems

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  • DASE Délégation pour les relations avec les pays de l'Asie du Sud-Est et l'Association des nations de l'Asie du Sud-Est (ANASE)

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  • AGRI Commission de l'agriculture et du développement rural
  • D-UA Délégation à la commission parlementaire d'association UE-Ukraine
  • DEPA Délégation à l'Assemblée parlementaire Euronest

Dernières activités

Legs de la révolution totalitaire bolchévique de 1917 (débat d'actualité)

15-11-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)11-15(18)

Proposition de résolution commune sur Madagascar

15-11-2017 RC-B8-0641/2017
  • Mr./Madame President, One hundred years ago, Lenin's coup in Russia paved the way for the most inhumane political system of the last century - totalitarianism. Today we remember and commemorate more than one hundred million victims of totalitarian regimes. All those who vanished in Stalin’s Gulag, Hitler’s death camps and Mao’s Great Famine. And those who were killed by other dictators and tyrants inspired by Communists and Nazis. The consequences of these totalitarian regimes are felt to this day. Like many of those who were left behind the Iron Curtain under communist rule I have experienced totalitarianism myself. My grandparents perished in Siberian Gulag, my mother spent there 17 years, my father - 8 years. and I was born there. From day one of my life my parents had to check in me with the KGB every month. I had no rights at all – I was born with the label enemy of people. For those crimes not to be repeated we need remembrance and education to build immunity of our societies against every temptation of totalitarian solutions. And let me quote great Hannah Arendt: Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man. Moreover, we need to recognize and confront totalitarian trends wherever they manifest themselves: - either it is North Korea which poses a global threat - or it is Russia where Stalin is once again admired - or it is totalitarian jihadist Islamism which is at war with our values and with true Islam. We should not close our eyes to the fact that China is emerging as an superpower under Leninist autocracy or that Venezuela’ where populist rule have evolved into a dictatorial regime. The clear link between populism, extremism, autocracy and dictatorship around the world is one to bear in mind as we face the challenges in our own societies. Our own Euroatlantic family of nations with shared values have not been immune to very obvious populist and autocratic trends. Populism is a form of authoritarianism that distorts democracy without destroying it. But under populist rule democracies become illiberal, with populists defining themselves as the entire people and all those who disagree as enemies of the people. Therefore we need to clearly recognize and resist populists and radicals both on the left and right and not let them hijack and denigrate our democratic values. As we are facing the rise of autocratic global powers, we in Europe should find ways to revitalize our core values within our own family of nations. Whatever the temptations of totalitarian thinking I strongly believe that liberal democracy must have the last word. Thank you for your attention.
    16/11/2017 11:53 - facebook
  • Euroatlantic family has not been immune to populist and autocratic trends. Debate at the @europarl_en https://t.co/hp97APkXB0
    15/11/2017 19:19 - twitter
  • The link between populism, autocracy and dictatorship around the world is one to bear in mind as we face the challenges in our own societies
    15/11/2017 19:18 - twitter
  • One hundred years ago, Lenin's coup in Russia paved the way for the most inhumane political system of the last century - totalitarianism. Today we remember and commemorate more than one hundred million victims of totalitarian regimes. All those who vanished in Stalin’s Gulag, Hitler’s death camps and Mao’s Great Famine. And those who were killed by other dictators and tyrants inspired by Communists and Nazis. The consequences of these totalitarian regimes are felt to this day. Like many of those who were left behind the Iron Curtain under communist rule I have experienced totalitarianism myself. My granparents perished in Gulag, my mother spent there 17 years, my father - 8 years. and I was born there. From day one of my life my parents had to check in me with the KGB every month. I had no rights at all – I was born with the label enemie of the people. For those crimes not to be repeated we need remembrance and education to build immunity of our societies against every temptation of totalitarian solutions. And let me quote great Hannah Arendt: Totalitarian solutions may well survive the fall of totalitarian regimes in the form of strong temptations which will come up whenever it seems impossible to alleviate political, social, or economic misery in a manner worthy of man. Moreover, we need to recognise and confront totalitarian trends wherever they manifest themselves: - either it is North Korea which poses a global threat - or it is Russia where Stalin is once again admired - or it is totalitarian jihadist Islamism which is at war with our values and with true Islam. We should not close our eyes to the fact that China is emerging as an superpower under Leninist autocracy or that of Venezuela’ where populist rule have evolved into a dictatorial regime. The clear link between populism, extremism, autocracy and dictatorship around the world is one to bear in mind as we face the challenges in our own societies. Our own Euroatlantic family of nations with shared values have not been immune to very obvious populist and autocratic trends. Populism is a form of authoritarianism that distorts democracy without destroying it. But under populist rule democracies become illiberal, with populists defining themselves as the entire people and all those who disagree as enemies of the people. Therefore we need to clearly recognise and resist populists and radicals both on the left and right and not let them hijack and denigrate our democratic values. As we are facing the rise of autocratic global powers, we in Europe should find ways to revitalize our core values within our own family of nations. Whatever the temptations of totalitarian thinking I strongly believe that liberal democracy must have the last word. (My remarks at the European Parliament Topical debate - Legacy of the 1917 totalitarian Bolshevik revolution
    15/11/2017 15:29 - facebook

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