‘Replace Europe of Fear With Europe of Hope’, Says Greek Prime Minister

Alexis Tsipras answers questions next to Antonio Tajani
Source: AMNA

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras spoke of his desire to replace fear with hope during a visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

“Our political duty today is to replace this Europe of fear with a Europe of hope and forge a new social contract which will reconnect Europe with its founding principles and values, democratise the Eurozone and ensure a decent living for its citizens,” he said during joint statements with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani after participating in a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament Plenary.

Tsipras described the debate as “lively and constructive” and said that everyone understood that Europe was at a critical crossroads.

Tajani also stressed the importance for unity across all member states. “Cooperation on this is important, not only for the countries of the south of Europe but also for the countries of the north,” he said.

“For us it is important to have this debate with the leaders of the European member-states on the future of the EU. The European Parliament is the heart of the democracy in Europe, the only European institution elected by EU citizens. We want to reduce the distance between European institutions and European citizens. We want to change Europe, of course, but it would be a big mistake to kill Europe,” Tajani said.

With information from A.M.N.A.