Today political parties from various nations of Europe have announced the signing of a joint manifesto in defense of the sovereignty of the EU member countries.
The text aims to propose a model of Europe more in line with its fundamental principles and an alternative to the one promoted by the Brussels elite, which intends to impose a federalist model. Among the signatories of this manifesto are Santiago Abascal, president of the Spanish party Vox; Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary and President of Fidesz; Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of the Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) party, which governs Poland; Marine Le Pen, president of the French party Rassemblement National; Giorgia Meloni, president of Fratelli d'Italia; and Matteo Salvini, president of the Lega.
The Vox delegation in the European Parliament has been kind enough to provide me with the full text of the manifesto in Spanish, you can read below the translation I have made of the text into English (I have indicated the bold type):
Joint Declaration on the Future of Europe
In the debate on the future of Europe that has recently begun, the voice of the parties attached to the freedom of nations and the traditions of the European peoples, representing citizens attached to the European tradition, should not be lacking.
The turbulent history of Europe, especially in the last century, brought many misfortunes. Nations that defended sovereignty and territorial integrity against aggressors have suffered beyond human imagination. After World War II, some European countries had to fight the domination of Soviet totalitarianism for decades before regaining their independence.
This independence, the Atlantic link between the EU and NATO, as well as peace between cooperating nations, are great achievements for a significant number of Europeans, giving them a permanent sense of security and creating optimal conditions for development. The integration process has contributed greatly to creating lasting cooperation structures and to maintaining peace, mutual understanding and good relations between States. This work must be maintained as an epoch-making value.
However, the series of crises that have shaken it in the last ten years have shown that European cooperation efforts are faltering, mainly because nations feel that their right to exercise their legitimate sovereign powers is being taken away from them little by little.
The European Union needs a profound reform because today, instead of protecting Europe and its heritage, instead of allowing the free development of European nations, it is itself becoming a source of problems, anxiety and uncertainty.
The EU is increasingly becoming a tool of radical forces who would want to carry out a cultural, religious transformation and, ultimately, a construction of Europe without nations, with the aim of creating a European superstate, destroying or canceling European tradition, transform basic social institutions and moral principles.
The use of political and legal structures to create a European superstate and new forms of social structuring is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must elicit legitimate resistance. The moralistic over-activity that we have seen in recent years in the EU institutions has led to a dangerous tendency to impose an ideological monopoly.
We are convinced that the cooperation of European nations must be based on tradition, on respect for the culture and history of European States, on respect for the Judeo-Christian heritage of Europe and on the common values that unite our nations, and not in its destruction. We reaffirm our belief that the family is the basic unit of our nations. At a time when Europe is facing a severe demographic crisis with low birth rates and an aging population, pro-family policy making should be a response rather than mass immigration.
We are convinced that the sovereigns of Europe are and will continue to be the nations of Europe. The European Union has been created by these nations to achieve objectives that can be achieved more effectively by the Union than by individual Member States. However, the limits of the Union's competences are set by the principle of conferral: all competences not conferred on the Union belong to the Member States, respecting the principle of subsidiarity.
Through a constant reinterpretation of the Treaties by the institutions of the European Union in recent decades, these limits have been significantly shifted to the detriment of the States. This is incompatible with the fundamental values of the Union and leads to a decrease in the confidence of European nations and their citizens in these institutions. To stop and reverse this trend, it is necessary to create, in addition to the existing principle of attribution, a set of inviolable powers of the Member States of the European Union and an adequate mechanism for their protection with the participation of national constitutional courts or equivalent bodies. All attempts to transform the European institutions into bodies that prevail over the national constitutional institutions create chaos, undermine the meaning of the treaties, call into question the fundamental role of the constitutions of the Member States, and the resulting disputes over competences are resolved, in fact, by brutally imposing the will of the politically stronger entities on the weaker ones. This destroys the basis for the functioning of the European community as a community of free nations.
We believe that consensus must remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or the ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence in decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy. This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.
In the member countries there continues to be an overwhelming desire to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship permeates the nations and societies of our continent. It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, while a Union that rejects reform will squander it.
That is why today we address all parties and groups that share our points of view with this document as a basis for a common cultural and political work, respecting the role of current political groups.
Let's reform the Union together for the future of Europe!
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