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Editorial

The Europe of sovereign nations

| October 10, 2018

It is our duty to counteract utopian, anti-national, globalist aspirations; restore respect, nationality, and sovereignty to ensure Europe’s global role.

The European Union is facing a crisis that it has never before faced in its 60 years of existence. This crisis affects the most critical components of its operation, including questions of security, strategies for the future, and values.

Let’s be honest: a stable European Union can only be built on strong Member States, and the European Union must change to emerge from this crisis. Today, the European Union is not built on collaboration and equality, but on sanctions.

The ones that do not follow the “rules” cannot expect anything good. The Sargentini report and the punishments imposed on Poland and Romania show the real face of this old-fashioned, “disciplining” Europe.

The European Union must return to handling Member States equally and respecting national sovereignty. Unfortunately, decision-makers still fail to act, seemingly unable to facilitate change.

As Hungarians, we gladly pass on to Europe the wisdom of the Hungarian statesman and minister of Justice, Ferenc Deák that “the badly buttoned waistcoat should be re-buttoned”.

Today, there is a dividing line between western and eastern Europe. We, the citizens of central and eastern European countries, have never had the luxuries of tranquility and safety, and therefore, nationality and sovereignty have a different meaning and importance for us than for those in western countries.

Radical federalists always have the same answer to every problem. They believe that Europe is unable to remedy problems and slow to react because it does not have enough community authority. They believe that we can only restore the community’s capacity and ensure Europe’s global role if the European Union and its federal institutions receive state powers against the separating, nationalist, selfish Member States.

The world has changed. European integration was successful because its leaders initiated realistic goals and it was based on mutually beneficial cooperation between nations, rather than coercion, discipline, and lecturing. The goals of the current leaders are not the same.

The European Parliament and the Commission build the power of these institutions aggressively and at the expense of the other institutions and the Member States. The protection of national sovereignty remains a nation-state task. In the case of preserving and rescuing their constitutional identity, the Member States can hardly count on fair treatment from EU institutions. The bias against national sovereignty is already encoded into the system.

In the last 15 years of membership, Hungary as a medium-sized and influential country has already experienced how the European Union works. We have found that EU institutions consistently do not respect their boundaries as they strive to attract, accumulate and concentrate as much power as possible.

According to the current workings of the Union, the special arrangements constantly overwrite the regular community law established by the institutions in a binding procedure as well as the legal foundation of the community.

Today’s debates about sovereignty concern the most important issues of the day. The importance of those questions is decisive for the future, the national subject, the ability to act and the success of a joint European enterprise.

We must counteract utopian, destructive, anti-national and globalist aspirations. Our goal is to help Europe overcome these disturbances that disrupt its normal function.