Back to the listNews - Communiqués
The real surprise will be the emergence of a radical pro-European movement
Monday 19 May 2014

Guy Verhofstadt's speech in Paris, on May 18th.

 

First of all my dear friends, thank you for inviting me... I do not know if there has been a lot event from other parties where there was a candidate for the presidency of the Commission but in any case, they did it in secret! Because I can’t remember such a thing. This immediately shows the difference between you and the other political parties in France: all other political parties in France – let’s say it very openly, this is not a secret – are all Eurosceptics each one of them a little more than the others! Sovereignist of the left and this right, sometimes I get confused and I do not know who is the left and who is the right but it does not matter, that's their problem. Then the UMP who is completely divided between a large group of Eurosceptics and some very few still able to see the light… And then the Socialist Party - let's say it - who do not defend the legacy of Mitterrand and legacy of Jacques Delors anymore; they became Eurosceptics like the others.

 

Well I'll tell you something: I think that Les Européens, the UDI and the MoDem, have made the right choice because the surprise of May 25th will not be the victory of Eurosceptics, nationalists and populists. Because this surprise is announced every day in the newspapers so it will not be a surprise! Every day I open the newspapers, look at the television and see “yes, they will win”. Then the surprise will be something else. The surprise will be the birth of a pro-European centrist movement in France and all over Europe. That will be the surprise!

 

The second surprise is that they will need us to have a president of the Commission. This is the second surprise, of course, but we'll talk about it later.

 

What do we propose? We are the alternative to what? Firstly to the Conservatives in Europe today who say that the crisis is behind us, that the crisis is over. They say that two days after that Eurostat, the European statistics agency, released the figures for the first three months, which are catastrophic because there was an economic growth in Europe of 0.2%. In France, 0.0%. That is the reality and the result of the current majority in France. But the Conservatives say "No, no, it 's okay, it's the end of the recession…" Naturally, after five years, it would be the height if the recession had continued again… "But it will get better!" Fiscal discipline, austerity… I'm not against fiscal discipline but it is not only with austerity and fiscal discipline that we will create growth. We need other ideas, we need ideas for the future to do so.

 

And then there are the Socialists, whom we are also the alternative. The Socialists are saying "we need growth, what we gonna do? Well, we have a very original recipe: we will make new debts!" We will do exactly the same thing that has been the basis and origin of the current crisis! It makes me think of alcoholics, drunkards, who continue to drink and drink and they think they will become sober! That's it, really. That’s their argument! Well I say I cannot believe it. We know what happened in all countries around the world in Argentina, etc. what happened in countries that have continued to make debts. So they are not able to imagine something else; it is only that.

 

And the Golden Rule, we will put some expenditure out of the budget. I come from a country that made this in the 1980s, we were the sick man of Europe and we said "oh such and such expenses will not count in the public finances and the state official accounts."

 

These are their recipes! Things that will not work.

 

And then there are the sovereignists who are saying a huge lie. They are saying that in the globalized world of tomorrow, the problems will be solved by hiding behind national borders. You see that! CO2 emissions will stop at the border because nationalism will push them out! And financial products, it is the same thing! They will not go into our banks because they will stop spontaneously, automatically at our borders. Same with unemployment or migration. That's what they are saying! So in the globalized world, all problems will be solved by hiding behind national borders. But actually, what they say is amazing, the French and the European must be told about this! I am back from Milano where I made a presentation on the exit of the Italy out of the euro. In all these countries, the return to the national currency means devaluation by at least 10, 15, 20 % tomorrow or the day after tomorrow !

 

Everywhere, Eurosceptics are trying to explain that they defend the interests of families and citizens by providing a devaluation of 25, 30 %, that is to say a loss of purchasing power of these same families and these same citizens.

 

When I see that Ruslana [Lyzhychko] was here and asked for our help to the struggle for democracy… I was with Marielle de Sarnez on Maidan Square. What I saw, it was not a big geopolitical and geostrategic war between Europeans and Putin’s Russia! What I saw was ordinary citizens who wanted to live in a non- corrupt democratic state! That’s what I saw! So when I see Marine Le Pen campaigning and helping Putin, I am wondering what is going on! Someone who do not longer know the values of the French Republic: freedom, brotherhood, solidarity, democracy, freedom of expression! I am wondering how it is possible that these Eurosceptics can go join the Tsar - eh, I call him like that, Putin, the Tsar - who does not want a democracy for his own people.


So what we offer to the Europeans and citizens, it is very simple. This is a new strategy to overcome the crisis. We say that fiscal discipline is necessary, but we also need a growth strategy. This growth strategy, we did not invent it ourselves. When I wrote and introduced the program for the next five years, I thought of another President of the Commission, he was a Socialist, he was Jacques Delors. Mr Schulz criticized me on the other day in the debate because I had dared to use the name of Delors in my example. But this is normal, he is a Socialist but an intelligent Socialist, this is not always the case. That's the problem with Socialists. He is intelligent, and he loves football, he loves Belgium. So there is nothing bad to say. Do you remember? In the 1980s, there ware also economic difficulties. There were difficulties in our different economies. There was also Euroscepticism and it was called by another name: eurosclerosis. The European Movement was everywhere charging against this mentality. Delors, to get out of the crisis, had the idea to launch the internal market with this mythical date: 1992 And everybody only talked about it, preparing to jump in front in European integration. And companies in France and the other countries have anticipated this. We must do exactly the same today to overcome the crisis!

 

This is not by making debts, this is not by doing nothing as the Conservatives propose but it is by launching a second wave of integration in areas that are promising!
Banks, in the sector of capital markets! We still have 28 different markets! If you have a property somewhere and you want to do in another country an investment, you can not use your property as collateral for a loan. So 28 differentiated markets.
Same thing for energy. Energy community does not exist! Rather than bringing solar energy from some countries in the European market, we prefer bringing the Russian gas in our community! So it must be done because there are also 28 differentiated markets. No unity.
Same thing in the digital domain where they are all American or Asian companies! Google, Twitter, Facebook Apple , Microsoft , General Electric, and I can continue… Neither has a European size. I was in Paris a few days ago in another debate organized by Les Européens. There was a very interesting article from the founder of TomTom. She is French and she is married to a Dutchman – yes, it is possible - and both founded TomTom and they say "our problem is very simple: there is no single market." TomTom could be a company as large as the others, but the regulations are different. For example, if Apple released a new phone, they will talk to four operators in America and the phone is launched in a market of 300 million citizens. And here, when you have something, an idea, first you must find the funds, then you have to go in 28 different countries, have the permissions, and up to 100 operators to talk! That is our problem!
Same thing for telecom! If you pass a border, do not use your cell phone because for 10-15 kilometers, it no longer works as there is no unified market!
Same thing for transportation. Same thing for the Internet infrastructure.

 

This is our alternative! We say no to those who want to spend money they do not have ! We say no to conservatives ... who are conservative, that is their name! We say we have to go forward, we need a larger single market, and this will get us out of the crisis.

 

It will not be the only battle. When you will take the presidency of the Commission, we will not only drop economical initiatives, even if they are the most urgent. Also in terms of our civil liberties, in the protection of our private lives, because after Snowden and NSA, it is time for Europe to protect its citizens!

 

My dear friends, to achieve all of this, we need a new Commission, which again takes the right of initiative. This is the only institution to have it! This is not the Parliament, this is not the Council with all the Heads of State and Government who can do it! It is only the Commission and that is what has failed in the past ten years! A head of the Commission who has the courage to move forward, to develop a vision, to oblige States to take a position and that's what we need! That's the issue in this election!

 

So I ask you something, and I return to my introduction. The surprise of the election cannot be neither nationalist or populist and certainly not all the right or left Eurosceptics. Let’s all of us do a very intense campaign in the coming days because I am convinced that 30% of citizens, in France and in all of the countries of the European Union, do not know yet what to do on Sunday, May 25th. Let’s campaign intensely and make sure that the real surprise of the May 25th is the emergence of a radically pro-European movement.

Related news
Communiqués
Restoring the political project of Europe
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Communiqués
We must not turn a blind eye when democratic values…
Friday 25 November 2016
Communiqués
US Elections: Trump's victory requires us to find a new…
Wednesday 9 November 2016
Communiqués
Strengthening trade defense instruments is vital for…
Friday 21 October 2016
Communiqués
Colombia’s future must be based on peace and…
Wednesday 5 October 2016
Communiqués
Meeting with CDU in Montenegro
Wednesday 28 September 2016
Communiqués
Rutelli: the US elections will be a major crossroad for…
Monday 1 August 2016
Communiqués
We need to take immediate action to protect…
Tuesday 12 July 2016
Communiqués
Green light for a European Border and Coast Guard to…
Wednesday 6 July 2016
Communiqués
Deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres
Tuesday 5 July 2016
Communiqués
Europe is not only necessary, it is vital
Friday 1 July 2016
Communiqués
Brexit: what Europe needs is a refoundation
Wednesday 22 June 2016
Communiqués
Tunisia: Europe really needs to stand by its side
Wednesday 8 June 2016
Communiqués
Towards new forms of European governance
Monday 6 June 2016
Communiqués
Milk Crisis: it is still time to act to prevent human…
Friday 27 May 2016
Communiqués
Adoption of the technical pillar of the railway package
Thursday 28 April 2016
Communiqués
Trade secrets: a guarantee for SMEs and for the right to…
Monday 18 April 2016
Communiqués
Refugee crisis: let's be consistent with our values
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Communiqués
Dutch referendum: a worrying signal
Thursday 7 April 2016
Communiqués
EU-Turkey Summit: an indecent spectacle
Wednesday 9 March 2016
Communiqués
More autonomous ports for more innovation and services
Tuesday 8 March 2016
Communiqués
A EU-Tunisia trade agreement must first and foremost be a…
Thursday 25 February 2016
Communiqués
In Greece, the job is done, so let's really stick together
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Communiqués
Tackling undeclared work: "a question of justice"
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Communiqués
Presumption of Innocence: a “major legislative step for…
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Communiqués
A European Border and Coast Guard is obvious
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Communiqués
COP21: "everything remains to be done…"
Monday 14 December 2015
Communiqués
Terrorism: the European Democrats call for a European…
Friday 20 November 2015
Communiqués
Presumption of Innocence: new binding rules for all Member…
Wednesday 11 November 2015
Communiqués
Schmidt: "a considerable political and symbolic role"
Tuesday 10 November 2015
Communiqués
Thoroughly review the drafting of the EU budget
Thursday 29 October 2015
Communiqués
European single market for electronic communications: a…
Wednesday 28 October 2015
Communiqués
Council of Munich: strong resolutions for climate and…
Tuesday 27 October 2015
Communiqués
Tunisia must persevere on the path of Democracy
Monday 12 October 2015
Communiqués
Three leads for a solution to the Syrian conflict
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Communiqués
8th Dialogues of Bilbao: the representative democracy…
Monday 28 September 2015
Communiqués
Carnet de voyage dans les Balkans
Monday 21 September 2015
Communiqués
The Greek compromise and what is ahead of us
Monday 13 July 2015
Communiqués
Nous devons lutter aux côtés de la Russie contre les…
Friday 25 September 2015
Communiqués
Tsipras chose a tough path: responsibility
Friday 10 July 2015
Communiqués
The Milk Package is a good step
Wednesday 8 July 2015
Communiqués
At last! Tsipras before the European Parliament
Tuesday 7 July 2015
Communiqués
Let's doing things seriously for the sake of the Greek…
Monday 6 July 2015
Communiqués
Bilbao: a single railway area can create huge…
Wednesday 1 July 2015
Communiqués
The abolition of roaming fees is a major step for the…
Tuesday 30 June 2015
Communiqués
Grexit: "we must not let that happen!"
Monday 29 June 2015
Communiqués
A missed opportunity for the European Defence
Friday 26 June 2015
Communiqués
Greek crisis: wide-ranging reforms are needed
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Communiqués
The PDR, new EDP member
Monday 8 June 2015
Communiqués
Migrations: Europe needs to act now!
Monday 1 June 2015
Communiqués
Mobilisation for Syria
Wednesday 27 May 2015
Communiqués
Migrations Plan: an impetus to be realized
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Communiqués
Mediterranean: it is on the causes that action is required
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Communiqués
Honoring the founding Fathers, pursuing their work
Monday 11 May 2015
Communiqués
Improving coordination in the search for missing persons
Friday 8 May 2015
Communiqués
European Movement International Federal Assembly in Riga
Thursday 7 May 2015
Communiqués
France: fighting terrorism cannot be done disregarding our…
Tuesday 5 May 2015
Communiqués
The 2016 EP provisional budget adopted by the European…
Thursday 30 April 2015
Communiqués
A plea for a European apprenticeship
Tuesday 28 April 2015
Communiqués
Plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
Monday 27 April 2015
Communiqués
What is happening in the Mediterranean Sea is a crime…
Thursday 23 April 2015
Communiqués
Immigration: Frontex as the symbol of the "Powerless…
Wednesday 22 April 2015
Communiqués
Migrations : des États membres solidaires et responsables
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Communiqués
Armenian Genocide: "there is no reconciliation without…
Thursday 16 April 2015
Communiqués
Toward a binding legislation on conflict minerals
Tuesday 14 April 2015
Communiqués
"Women and Economic crisis" conference in Cyprus
Friday 9 December 2016
Communiqués
2016 Budget: increased investments are a priority
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Communiqués
Bilbao: struggling in favour of equality is not an expense…
Monday 9 March 2015
Communiqués
Plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
Monday 9 March 2015
Communiqués
Ukraine: The European Democrats welcome the "spirit of…
Thursday 12 February 2015
Communiqués
Soutien sans appel à un PNR européen
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Communiqués
Origin labelling of processed meat has to be mandatory
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Communiqués
A first step toward a European Highway Code
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Communiqués
Greece: Structural reforms, social justice and European…
Monday 26 January 2015
Communiqués
Ukraine: the European Union needs to stand resolute
Friday 23 January 2015
Communiqués
QE: structural reforms are needed
Thursday 22 January 2015
Communiqués
GMOs: "a most democratic outcome"
Thursday 15 January 2015
Communiqués
Europe needs to take action against its internal and…
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Communiqués
Charlie Hebdo: we all have to be intransigent toward the…
Thursday 8 January 2015
Communiqués
Attacks against Charlie Hebdo: one duty, to stick together
Wednesday 7 January 2015
Communiqués
The Democrats, as promoters of a profound and innovative…
Thursday 11 December 2014
Communiqués
EDP Congress
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Communiqués
Agreement on the EU Budget
Monday 8 December 2014
Communiqués
Ariane 6: the European cooperation at its best
Wednesday 3 December 2014
Communiqués
Juncker Plan: "A major shift in European policy"
Thursday 27 November 2014
Communiqués
The EU cannot be based on a pyramid of debts
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Communiqués
"Should Europe have a common response, it has to be on…
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Communiqués
Internet luring: There is still much to do!
Thursday 20 November 2014
Communiqués
Budget: Europe is putting its credibility at stake
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Communiqués
The European Democrats put "a demanding and impatient…
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Communiqués
Plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
Monday 20 October 2014
Communiqués
The EU debt contravenes the treaties
Friday 17 October 2014
Communiqués
The European energy community is the key of Europe's…
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Communiqués
Young Democrats for Europe Congress
Friday 26 September 2014
Communiqués
Europe as the horizon
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Communiqués
Jean Arthuis is sounding the alarm on 2015 Budget
Saturday 20 September 2014
Communiqués
Ebola: This is a war we must win
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Communiqués
Give the youngsters a new chance
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Communiqués
Jean-Claude Juncker, a further stage for Europe…
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Communiqués
Toward an economic and social renewal
Thursday 10 July 2014
Communiqués
Jean Arthuis takes over leadership of the Budget Committee
Monday 7 July 2014
Communiqués
Robert Rochefort Vice-Chairman of the European Consumer…
Thursday 3 July 2014
Communiqués
Next EDP Council: 9 July
Tuesday 1 July 2014
Communiqués
Juncker: a victory for the European Parliament
Friday 27 June 2014
Communiqués
Everything to play for!
Friday 23 May 2014
Communiqués
Floods in Balkans
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Communiqués
Eurovision Debate: Europe at a crossroads
Friday 16 May 2014
Communiqués
Another Europe is possible
Friday 9 May 2014
Communiqués
The peoples of Europe must take it over
Wednesday 30 April 2014
Communiqués
EUROPEE: A ROMA CONSIGLIO DEL PARTITO DEMOCRATICO EUROPEO
Friday 9 December 2016
Communiqués
Verhofstadt: "we need to ensure our energy independence"
Thursday 24 April 2014
Communiqués
Guy Verhofstadt and Andrzej Potocki in Poland
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Communiqués
Guy Verhofstadt is the best candidate!
Thursday 10 April 2014
Communiqués
Free Voters designated their candidates
Wednesday 2 April 2014
Communiqués
Banking union: a choice of responsibility
Thursday 20 March 2014
Communiqués
Guy Verhofstadt, EDP candidate
Wednesday 12 March 2014
Communiqués
EDP adopted its Manifesto and will officialise its…
Friday 28 February 2014
Communiqués
EU needs new approach to tackle unacceptable austerity…
Wednesday 26 February 2014
Communiqués
Ukraine: Yanukovych is neither legitimate nor trustworthy
Saturday 22 February 2014
Communiqués
Ukraine: Marielle de Sarnez in Kiev to meet opposition…
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Communiqués
Ukraine: How many people have to die before Europe decides…
Wednesday 19 February 2014
Communiqués
EU strengthens its trade defenses against abusively…
Wednesday 5 February 2014
Communiqués
Rochefort: "EU must fight against unfair commercial…
Tuesday 4 February 2014
Communiqués
EDP welcomed Liberals' decision to present Guy Verhofstadt…
Monday 20 January 2014
Communiqués
The European Parliament says 'Yes' to the circular…
Tuesday 14 January 2014
Communiqués
Improving efficiency and interconnectedness of Europe’s…
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Communiqués
Pressure on Member States to implement consumer rights
Tuesday 17 December 2013
Communiqués
Perchè non ha senso dare a Berlino ogni colpa
Friday 13 December 2013
Communiqués
€1 billion boost for unemployment Fund
Wednesday 11 December 2013
Communiqués
Europeans and Ukrainians have a common destiny
Sunday 8 December 2013
Communiqués
EDP Council: Refounding Europe
Tuesday 3 December 2013
Communiqués
Europee 2014: proposta pro-Europea forta sarà base delle…
Friday 9 December 2016
Communiqués
Rethinking the idea of ​​Europe is essential
Saturday 30 November 2013
Communiqués
San Marino: the future through Europe
Monday 25 November 2013
Communiqués
Rutelli: "It is not enough to criticize austerity, new…
Wednesday 20 November 2013
Communiqués
Turkey: Deepening before enlargement
Tuesday 22 October 2013
Communiqués
Aung San Suu Kyi received the Sakharov Prize
Tuesday 22 October 2013
Communiqués
EU-US trade talks: "the mandate should be made public"
Thursday 17 October 2013
Communiqués
Tobacco Product Directive: "The European Parliament…
Friday 11 October 2013
Communiqués
"Wilfried Martens was a stateman and a “man of…
Thursday 10 October 2013
Communiqués
Angela Merkel's victory: "Opinion can't be conquered by…
Monday 23 September 2013
Communiqués
EU/China Investment Treaty: EDP wants clear and firm…
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Communiqués
"Unaccompanied minors should never be detained"
Thursday 12 September 2013
Communiqués
US espionage : "Europe must be brave and strong"
Monday 1 July 2013
Communiqués
2014-2020 budget: Encouraging progress
Thursday 27 June 2013
Communiqués
"Today is the time for the refounders of Europe"
Saturday 22 June 2013
Communiqués
Rebuilding Europe: "We must get rid of the anonymity of…
Thursday 20 June 2013
Communiqués
EU-US trade talks: "The Commission cannot act alone"
Saturday 15 June 2013
Communiqués
Youth unemployment: "we need great European projects"
Wednesday 12 June 2013
Communiqués
G8 nutrition meeting offers chance to save millions of…
Thursday 6 June 2013
Communiqués
Tax on the Chinese solar industry: "A good news for the…
Tuesday 4 June 2013
Communiqués
"Let us stop the lying debates on Europe but let us make…
Monday 20 May 2013
Communiqués
Changing Europe to save it
Friday 17 May 2013
Communiqués
Europe Day, a day for a better Europe
Thursday 9 May 2013
Communiqués
It is up to the Europeans to bring the changes that Europe…
Thursday 9 May 2013
Communiqués
In April at the European Parliament
Thursday 25 April 2013
Communiqués
Cyprus: the vital European solidarity must be applied now
Sunday 24 March 2013
Communiqués
Multiannual financial framework: "the Council must commit…
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Communiqués
Sandro Gozi: "No to a referendum on euro”
Tuesday 5 March 2013
Communiqués
The Green Economy, for better and new jobs
Friday 15 February 2013
Communiqués
European budget: "A missed opportunity to boost growth and…
Friday 8 February 2013
Communiqués
Sarnez: "Europe won't be made without the citizens"
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Communiqués
72% of Italians consider Green Economy as an engine for…
Saturday 5 January 2013
Communiqués
Sarnez: "The banking supervision deal is a step toward a…
Thursday 13 December 2012
Communiqués
"The Nobel sounds like a call, a requirement to move…
Monday 10 December 2012
Communiqués
EU Budget, another missed opportunity
Friday 23 November 2012
Communiqués
EDP should not be afraid of being an avant-garde
Monday 22 October 2012
Interventions
Marielle de Sarnez déplore les conditions de fermeture de…
Wednesday 3 July 2013
Interventions
Mario Pirillo on the Ries report: food for infants…
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Interventions
Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: the trust in…
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Interventions
Sarnez to Hollande: "Europe must regain the people's…
Tuesday 5 February 2013
Interventions
European Renewal Forum – Michel Barnier
Saturday 22 June 2013
Interventions
European Renewal Forum – Guy Verhofstadt
Saturday 22 June 2013
Interventions
European Renewal Forum – Francesco Rutelli
Saturday 22 June 2013
Interventions
European Renewal Forum – François Bayrou
Saturday 22 June 2013
Interventions
European Renewal Forum – Jérôme Fourquet
Saturday 22 June 2013
Events
Next EDP Council on December 10 and 11
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Events
Guy Verhofstadt and Andrzej Potocki in Poland
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Events
Next EDP Council – December 1st in Rome
Tuesday 1 October 2013
Events
European Renewal Forum – Rome
Thursday 21 November 2013
Events
European Renewal Forum – Paris
Thursday 6 June 2013
Events
EDP Council: Brussels, May 16
Friday 9 December 2016
Events
Conference: Europe and Solidarity 8-9 March
Wednesday 6 March 2013