Now is this time to rescue Europe – not in 2019
During today’s plenary debate with the Prime Minister of Malta, ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt has called on the pro-European parties to work together rebuild Europe.
Guy Verhofstadt said: “Trump is openly against Europe, saying the European Union will fall apart. The turning point is here. This is the moment for unity, reform and integration. The time to work together is now. Because it is now that we have to rescue Europe, not in 2019.”
“We have to unite to save Europe. The Valetta Summit offers the perfect opportunity to start the work. Together with the EPP Group, we have adopted a pro-European programme to rebuild Europe. I call on all the other pro-European Groups to join our effort to make Europe more effective and more relevant.”
ALDE Vice-President Marielle de Sarnez urged the political leaders to show more political will: “The political will is missing to find solutions. At a time when American and Russian leaders play their own parts with all the risks that this entails. "American and Russian leaders play their own parts with all the risks that this entails. This difficult moment should make Europe's leaders act."
“Now is the time to move forward in re-founding our Union, to have sustainable growth, a real political governance, speak with one voice and finally see the end of the crisis in Syria and Iraq. We have to show unity and build a serious Defence Union in Europe and implement a common policy on asylum and immigration.”
“European citizens expect us to stand up to the challenges. It is our duty to act and succeed."