Germany | Merkel defends a “strong” and “united” EU with its “values” and “sincere dialogue” in the face of “centrifugal forces”

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The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel, has defended the importance of maintaining a “united” and “strong” Europe that promotes its “values” and its “sincere dialogue” in the face of the “centrifugal forces” that appear when the Expectations set in the EU “are not met” and “changes in society are made at different speeds”.

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Thus, it has rejected that the “national interests” prevail “in the short term” over the community ones, since when this happens the European project will end up “having problems”, and has opted to continue pushing before the “centrifugal forces” that arise in the face of the European Union itself a “sincere dialogue” that puts at the top “values” such as human freedom, dignity, equal rule of law and respect for human rights and minorities.

In this sense, after emphasizing that the process of European integration “never ends” and is “continuous”, Merkel has defended that in her opinion it is necessary to be “more proactive” and “improve coordination” and make Europe “more independent “, without isolating itself, but defining interests to act” strategically “and articulate at the same time” more European sovereignty “.

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This is how the German Chancellor has pronounced after collecting this Thursday at the Monastery of Yuste (Cáceres) the XIV Carlos V European Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Felipe VI.

The award ceremony was also attended by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez; the president of the PP, Pablo Casado; the president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara; and the winners of the Carlos V European Prize in previous editions such as Felipe González, Javier Solana and Marcelino Oreja, among others; in addition to numerous other national and regional authorities.


In her speech, Merkel thanked “from the heart” for the “great distinction” of the Carlos V Prize that she has received and, after reviewing the origins of European construction as the beginning of “a great success story”, she defended the importance of continue to protect peacekeeping.

Thus, it has affirmed that “peace and history are not taken for granted, they must be protected and defended” to promote a “life in security” for citizens against the “aggressions and attacks against democracy and liberal order” of extremism, terrorism, anti-Semitism and any form of “hostile” attitude against a certain group of people.

Along these lines, Merkel has delved into the fact that “only a united Europe is a strong Europe”, for which it is necessary to maintain the “common values” and remain “united inward, strong outward” for the “coexistence” of the Union European.

Thus, he has defended that “always” it is necessary to “be willing to consider and weigh the most diverse arguments, knowing that diversity in knowledge and experiences is a wealth, a valuable resource that must be used for the good of all,” he snapped, and he recalled as an example that during the pandemic the EU countries helped each other, he highlighted.

In any case, after also acknowledging that during the pandemic “national security” was sought as a “difficult test for Europe without borders”, he stressed that finally they have learned “together” to live with these new “challenges” with mechanisms coordination and the restoration of freedoms “to the extent that the pandemic allowed.”


On the other hand, at another point in her speech, the German Chancellor has referred to the European funds articulated to combat the consequences of Covid-19, and that they should serve – she affirmed – to modernize, but under the approach that economy and ecology must go “hand in hand”.

Thus, it has influenced the approach of achieving “climate neutrality” to also articulate a “strong” Europe, something for which “efforts” are required, and faced with which the “opportunities” for employment and technological development also open up, Among others, it offers any “transformation process”, but at the same time “protecting the climate” and developing “important projects of common European interest”, he insisted.

Also, Merkel has advocated for the “necessary investments” in the field of innovation and digital impulse, since the digital sovereignty of Europe is “of the utmost importance”.

“Being at the forefront in international competition in innovations is one thing”, but it is also necessary to make a “responsible use” of these “possibilities”, setting “a limit for ethical reasons”, he defended in this regard.


In this framework, the German Chancellor has defended that “a Europe that aims to be more innovative, both in terms of values ​​and technological skills must also be a more sovereign and autonomous Europe” and make a “reasonable use” of resources by making decisions joint “faster than in the past”, and with “solid” public accounts, while making forecasts in “economic boom times” to face the crisis.

“Our (EU) values ​​are a pole of attraction and part of our projection in the world,” said Merkel, who has stressed that the EU is “a symbol from cooperation, respect and tolerance” in a world in the one where there are “pressures” and “old conflicts threaten to reopen”; and has consequently defended that “only a united Europe is a strong Europe” for issues such as relations, the climate, foreign and security policy, among others, against “centrifugal forces” that arise when the cohesion power of the Common values ​​”become fragile” and “expectations are not met.”

Along the same lines, the German Chancellor has warned that “when the national interests in the short and medium term take precedence over the benefit of the common European project then we will end up having problems”; after which it has opted to continue maintaining a “sincere dialogue” in the face of these “centrifugal forces” and “highlighting common values, which unites us” to maintain respect for human dignity, equal rule of law and the defense of human rights.

Thus, he has blurted out that “decisions about the nature and future of the European Union cannot be made in an abstract way” but rather that they must evolve “no matter how painful the crises are” and that, in his opinion, they should have an effect. ‘Catalyst’ and offer ‘reasons to improve and change’.

“Europe is fortunate for all of us, a fortune that we can and must preserve and continue to design,” Angela Merkel finally underlined as a “commitment” on which, in her opinion, we must work “every day.”

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