Last weekend, the Romanian capital, Bucharest, hosted a remarkable event, an international conference attended by prestigious representatives of conservative and sovereignist parties and opinion leaders from eight European countries (Italy, Poland, Portugal, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Republic of Serbia and Romania) and Israel. Entitled This Europe in which we believe— echoing the Paris Declaration of 2017 — the conference was organized under the aegis of the Mihai Eminescu Institute for Conservative Political Studies, an organization founded by the Alliance for the Union of Romanians (AUR) party.
More than a hundred people attended this event in a very impressive hall of the Palace of Parliament, the largest administrative building in the world (for civilian use). Organized in three parts of two hours each, the conference aimed to “present a conservative vision of the development of Europe”. According to the organizers, cooperation in the form of a long-term partnership is “crucial” to “develop and secure a strong conservative bloc across Europe”.
The first part of the event was opened by the President of the Mihai Eminescu Institute, Senator Claudiu Târziu, and the President of the AUR gone, George Simion. In his speech entitled “In Defense of Normality”, Târziu spoke about the degenerative phase that Europe is going through today, the main cause being the neo-Marxist ideology in his analysis. According to him, neo-Marxism is at the root of the destructive policies promoted by Brussels, and it aims to tear down the world as we know it. By manipulating language and through harsh restrictions, neo-Marxism “upsets the normal” and seeks to establish a cunning global dictatorship called the “new normal,” Târziu said. Those “most aware” of this danger are conservatives, he noted, because they “defend normality and restore it”.
AUR party chairman George Simion spoke about our Europe, unlike their Europe: “Our Europe and our way of seeing the world focuses on freedom – cultural, social, religious – while the Europe of the Brussels bureaucrats only means restrictions and totalitarianism.” Simion expressed his hope that following the European elections in May 2024, patriotic, conservative and sovereigntist groups will celebrate a huge victory in the European Parliament, their future collaboration being necessary to overcome this ideological cancer.
The first part of the event continued with a speech by MEP Kosma Słotowski, a member of the Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS), who pointed out that Poland is one of the countries that has the deepest felt the disastrous measures of the EU, being “stolen” by the European Commission. Słotowski stressed the need for a strong alliance of conservative parties to have any influence in the future European Parliament, and he hailed the fabulous electoral results of the right in Italy and Sweden.
Michael Kleiner, President of the Supreme Court of Likud party, which recently won a major victory in Israel, stressed that citizens must love their own country to understand why others love their own homeland. In a video message, French MEP Nicolas Bay (of Éric Zemmour’s Reconquest Party) hailed the initiative of the Mihai Eminescu Institute to bring together in Bucharest “the defenders of our homelands, our values and our conservative vision in the face of a European Union which has betrayed all originals of this beautiful European project.”
Prince Șerban Dimitrie Sturdza, diplomat and entrepreneur, descendant of an old Romanian noble family, spoke out against a federal superstate and in favor of “a communion of independent and sovereign states with their own power of decision, with faith and culture”. as a catalyst. “More and more people are waking up!” concludes the Romanian prince.
Spanish journalist Alvaro Peñas Lopez has argued that conservatives must reclaim the narrative of Europe, presenting its peoples with the true history of the continent. “In the media, we are in a David-Goliath situation,” he said, “and if we don’t tell the world the real European story, others will tell it according to their insane ideology.” In a well-received speech, Romanian journalist and former member of the European Parliament Traian Ungureanu, said that “our challenge, our mission, is not to reinvent, but to bring European culture back to where it has been banished”.
This first part ended with a speech by the vice-president of the Finnish Party of Finland, Leena Meri, who spoke out against the transformation of Europe “into a gray mass” negatively transformed by immigration. “We want a Europe that respects nation states,” she said, “and the latest victories encourage us to believe in a Europe run by sovereignists.”
The second part of the conference began with a speech by AUR Senator Sorin Lavric, Secretary of the Romanian Senate, who said:
On the brink of collapse, the EU must be reformed from top to bottom. Either it will be a union of sovereign states or it won’t be at all. The AUR wants Romania to follow in the footsteps of Italy, Poland and Hungary, countries where the political class had the courage to stand up to the neo-Marxist bureaucracy in Brussels.
Romanian MEP Cristian Terheș then contributed, saying that what is at stake today is the very existence of nations, and that conservatives must act to eliminate and replace unelected elites who want to decide. of the destiny of nations without caring about the peoples of those nations. .
Francesco Giubilei, president of both the Italian conservative movement Nazione Futura and the think tank Fondazione Tatarella, spoke about Brussels’ deeply flawed policies on immigration, environmental issues and energy, and he continued talking about the primacy of national identity and his hopes for the centre-right government led by Giorgia Meloni. “We must prevent the erasure of our own identity,” Giubilei said in his presentation.
Radu Baltasiu, director of the Romanian Academy’s European Center for Ethnic Studies, offered specific advice for saving the true Europe, above all by making the European Parliament a truly representative institution. Radu Ghidău, president of the National Peasant Alliance, a Romanian political party, spoke about tradition: “respecting tradition is the embodiment of love for the nation and the country”.
Professor Zbigniew Krysiak, President of the Program Council of the Institute of Schuman Thought in Poland, referred in his speech to the “prophecy” of the great European visionary Robert Schuman: “Democracy in Europe will be Christian or it will not be democracy to everything; anti-Christian democracy will be a parody which will continue to degenerate into tyranny or anarchy”. Marian Munteanu, director of the Romanian Institute for Memory and Identity, then expressed her firm belief in “the triumph of the only strong and true Europe, which we have never really left”.
At the end of the second part of the conference, the president of the Portuguese Chega party, André Ventura, gave one of the most anticipated and applauded speeches of the event. He explained how the European Parliament diverts funds to guide the political decisions of its member states: “All European countries need money – for reforms, for investment, for development, for health. But they don’t help us, they buy us! He also highlighted the threats made by the head of the European Commission against Italian citizens ahead of the elections. Ventura defined the times we live in as a great cultural battle, the magnitude of which can only be grasped by understanding what is happening in schools, universities and campuses. “We must have the courage to engage in this battle because otherwise it will transform us,” he said, “if we give them this power, it will forever change our lives in such a way that in 2-3 years we won’t be able to go back. We have to fight!”
The final part of the conference was opened by Romanian writer Andrei Dîrlău, who spoke of the EU’s “ideological drift”, calling it a “usurpation of powers” to the detriment of member states, highlighting the sophisticated use of the concept of “European sovereignty” by Ursula von der Leyen.
Then, Tamara Milenković-Kerković, vice-president of the Serbian Dveri party and member of the National Assembly of Serbia, said: “We are here to fight against a common adversary. Today, being conservative means thinking freely and fighting for freedom. Political victory must also be the premise for victory in other areas, such as culture and education. Conservatives of all countries, unite!
Romanian-American entrepreneur Cornel Petrișor, in his speech on the difficulty of being a conservative today, spoke of the challenges faced by young people who believe in “normal life, basic values and God”. According to Francesco Paolo Capone, General Secretary of the Italian Unione Generale del Lavoro, “the time has come for everyone in Europe to develop their own role and for everyone to assume their leadership in the world. The Western world was born of our civilization, our culture, our solidarity. Europe has in its roots all the resources to respond to globalisation.
In another video message to participants, Boško Obradović, Dveri party chairman and also a member of the Serbian National Assembly, called conservative parties “defenders of the future” at a time when “our Christian values, the traditional family and our brave historic sovereign nations are under threat”. Professor Mircia Chelaru, member of the AUR in the Chamber of Deputies and former Chief of the General Staff of the Romanian Armed Forces, insisted that “our fight must focus on unmasking the fakes”. “Nations are not artificial identities, he said, “they cannot be reconfigured by mutations in the laboratory, retaining their natural resilience”.
At the end of the third part, Carlo Fidanza, head of the Fratelli d’Italia delegation to the European Parliament and member of the bureau of the ECR group, declared: “Europe is not a board of directors to take certain decisions . Europe must be the political place where the dream of thousands of European citizens to build a future becomes a reality. We must be strong, proud of our identity, our history, our traditions, our roots. We must make an effort for a strong Europe!
In his closing remarks, Târziu, who, as noted earlier, is president of the Institute that organized the conference, stressed that tradition must remain our constant source of political inspiration and strength, our own future being what is at stake: “It is imperative to win the political battles – now! »
The conference organized in Bucharest by the Mihai Eminescu Institute for Conservative Political Studies had considerable echoes even in the mainstream media. Participants and outside observers noted the clarity and confidence of the distinguished guests, as well as the excellent organization of the event.