The EU is more than a treaty, P.M. Michel says in response to N-VA’s De Wever

“The European Union is much more than a treaty,” Prime Minister Charles Michel explained on Thursday in response to views on Europe expressed by New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) president Bart De Wever, in “Tijd” newspaper.
“The European Union is barely a treaty,” De Wever had written on Wednesday in a letter to the editor in which he praised Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher considered the father of political conservatism. “Europe was not invented after World War II. It has a long, rich history,” he added.

According to the Flemish nationalist, the EU will never become a “European nation” because “it is a combination of many different nations whose cultures and political traditions are different. More Europe is not a panacea; a one-size-fits-all policy will not suit its many peoples.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a European summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, Prime Minister Michel said he disagreed with this analysis. “The fight against terrorism, the safety of our borders – I do not see what we would do without the European Union,” he said. “It’s much more than a treaty. It’s about our basic values and it’s part of our identity. The neutrality of the State, respect for men and women … are just a few examples showing that the European Union represents our basic values.”

“The European Union is a shared history but also a shared future,” he added. “In my view, it’s much more than paper or a treaty. For Belgium’s security, our socio-economic development, the security of European borders, we need an effective European Union.”

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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