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A utopia of Europe without nation states, a utopia of Europe without conflicting interests and ambitions, a utopia of Europe imposing its own values on the external world. Obsessed with the idea of instant and total integration, we failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe do not share our Euro-enthusiasm.
Disillusioned with the great visions of the future, they demand that we cope with the present reality better than we have been doing until now.
The need for a deeper reflection of a historical, ideological and political nature is obvious.
Proud as we are of our pragmatism, we must also remember that pragmatism itself does not constitute the foundations of our community.
The spectre of a break-up is haunting Europe and a vision of a federation doesn't seem to me like the best answer to it.
We need to understand the necessity of the historical moment.
It is not a feeling of nostalgia that makes me go back to the old times, but a deep conviction that those values are still relevant in the Christian democratic minimum. Second, persistent in our commitment to fundamental principles, we must be guided in our political projects by common sense and a good sense of timing.
It is us who today are responsible for confronting reality with all kinds of utopias.
Before I start, however, I want to make an important declaration: I am terribly proud to be in the same party with such people as Joseph Daul and Angela Merkel, as Viktor Orban and Manfred Weber, as Jean-Claude Juncker and Boyko Borissov. If we succeed in building it, people will believe that we are able to cope with this or another crisis.
Speaking openly, we will either understand that the views of Angela and Viktor are compatible with each other and only together can they provide a full answer, or people will search for other radical and brutal recipes for how to solve the crisis.
Paradoxically, this is precisely what in the longer-term perspective became a source of strength and effectiveness. We do not need further constructivist and progressive ideologies. Let us again believe in those ideas which are rooted in our tradition of freedom, in the Decalogue, in our hearts and experiences.