Merkel: Nationalism and egoism must never have a chance again in Europe
German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated the future of Europe with MEPs and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Tuesday.
“Tolerance is the soul of Europe and an essential basic value of the European idea”, Mrs Merkel said. This soul has been strained in recent years however, by many different challenges such as public debt, terrorism, wars being waged close to our continent, migration, digitalisation or climate change.
All of these can only be tackled successfully if Europe acts united and if we “treat the interests and needs of others as our own. Solidarity is based on tolerance and this is Europe’s strength. It is part of our common European DNA and it means overcoming national egoisms”.
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