Scholz wants to reform the EU, consolidate sovereignty, defense, to reject autocracy

“We do not accept Russia’s attack on peace in Europe. (…) Our Europe is united in peace and freedom, it is open to all nations that share our values. First of all, it is about rejecting imperialism and autocracy,” said Olaf Scholz in the speech delivered on Monday at the Karlova University in Prague, according to the text posted on the German Government’s website and viewed by the MEDIAFAX agency.

Olaf Scholz’s visit to Prague takes place in the context in which the Czech Republic holds the six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

“I maintain the commitment in favor of the expansion of the European Union – through the integration of the states of the Western Balkans, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and, in the future, Georgia”, added Olaf Scholz. It is necessary to continue the expansion of the European Union in order to maintain internal stability and to protect common values, argued the Chancellor of Germany.

Olaf Scholz pleaded for the consolidation of the sovereignty of the European Union. “Europe is our future, and this future is in our hands”, insisted the Chancellor of Germany, advocating for the intensification of the “geopolitical” role of the EU.

Scholz noted that the Russian military invasion in Ukraine reflects the need to reduce the European Union’s dependence on external resources. Although he emphasized that the North Atlantic Alliance will remain “the guarantor of European security”, Scholz called for the strengthening of defense systems and the “intensification of interactions” between European states in defense matters.

In this sense, the leader from Berlin proposes the creation of a common anti-aircraft defense system. “It would be a security gain for the whole of Europe,” argued Olaf Scholz.

(source: AFP)

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