Alice Bah Kuhnke: “Trust is our weapon against those who want to damage the Union”


That is not a candidate to win the green Alice Bah Kuhnke, born in 1971, he knows very well. But he also knows that every single vote he will receive will serve to remind Roberta Metsola, now a foregone winner of the elections for the second term of the European Parliament, of the commitments she will make with the whole classroom and the coalition that supports her.

“The votes will come from the Greens and then from many socialists and liberals who fail to vote for a conservative woman with a clear-cut stance against abortion. And the more votes I have, the more strength we will have to push Metsola to respect the promises ».

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What are the commitments you want me to make?
“We talked about it with you. And you said that your priorities will include respect for diversity, the fight against sexual harassment, the fight against climate change. He agrees with us Greens on many points but will need a stimulus when he is president ».

How did this candidacy come about six days after the vote on Tuesday 18 January?
“In recent months, we have been outlining our requests and making contact with other groups to discuss them. But the Ursula coalition (made up of popular, socialists and liberals) did not answer us. Then we tried to negotiate and highlight the actions to be taken so that Parliament can make a difference in Europe, but they never invited us to negotiations. We have no other way than to show citizens that there are always alternatives and so we started the process of selecting a candidate. The group chose me as presidential candidate and the two vice presidential candidates, Finnish Heidi Hautala and member of the Czech Pirates party Marcel Kolaja, former vice-president ».

What are your priorities for the European parliament?
«We must be the best, the best, open and transparent institution, because the trust of the citizens is our greatest defense against external threats, such as the Russian one. Those who intend to damage our democracy use the cracks between us European citizens, and not just those between states. We must prevent it. The protection of diversity is one thing, our cohesion quite another. But the president must prove it with her actions ».

Also in comparison with the Commission and the Council …
“Parliament is the only democratically elected institution, and it is our duty to force the Commission and the Council to take responsibility for their actions when, for example, member states violate human rights. It’s not just Poland and Hungary. It is important that parliament demands that the European treaties be respected and defended at a time when the Union and its citizens are under attack ”.

You were president of the parliamentary commission in defense of women’s rights. What do you propose on this level?
“We would like to see training for all parliamentarians against sexual harassment, so that there is no longer any doubt about what harassment is and what is not. But I would like to add that clarity and transparency must always be the modus vivendi of parliament, which must be much more transparent than it is in all its procedures. Citizens need to know what we do with their money and there should be no question about how we use it. Many politicians speak of managing consumers’ money carefully but they do not: many problems arise from this because European citizens lose confidence, offering their side to enemies. We cannot afford to be weak ».

Explain
“We have become the richest and freeest region in the world and this is something we must realize, internalize it. But our freedom is a threat to leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping ”.

The leader of the Eurochamber must therefore be irreproachable from many points of view
«He has a duty to lead by setting an example in the first person. As did David Sassoli, who was a strong voice for democracy and for the protection of the weakest ».


Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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