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валійскі вопытOne century ago, Europe was on the brink of one of history’s deadliest conflicts that would change our world forever. MEPs commemorated the centenary of the Great War during a debate on 16 April, warning that peace and stability should never be taken for granted. They also called for more integration and stressed the importance of fighting nationalism to ensure peace, stability and security in Europe.

Першая сусветная вайна была першай вялікай катастрофай 20-га стагоддзя, сказаў прэзідэнт Еўрапарламента Марцін Шульц, указваючы на ​​важнасць міжнароднага супрацоўніцтва.

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, speaking on behalf of the Council, said:  “the anniversary finds Europe again confronted with situations that are testing its international political presence, from Syria to Libya and from Iran to Ukraine.”

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, claimed the EU “provides us with ways and means of avoiding the perversity of nationalism while retaining the culture of our various countries”. He defined the current conflict in Ukraine as a contrast between “a modern, open, democratic Europe” and “the old concept of a Europe which continues to think and act in categories of power, spheres of influence, diktats, mistrust and the logic of divide and conquer”.

Joseph Daul, the French chairman of the EPP group, reminded that WW I was an “accident caused by selfish nationalisms” and called for more integration and common polices. “If Europe was to succumb to populism and eurocepticism we would be going back through time. It would be a return to chaos and warfare in Europe.” “New groups and parties built on hatred and xenophobia are rising in Europe,” warned Hannes Swoboda, the Austrian chair of the S&D group.  “Nationalism will cost us social peace, safety, prosperity and international influence. That would be a high price for our citizens would have to pay.”

гі Верхофстат, the Belgian leader of the ALDE group, said war or the absence of it was once the only argument for European integration. However, he said :”Let’s be honest about it. We will not only convince the younger generation by pointing to a horrible, but distant past. We need to explain to them how Europe and European integration is a tool for a better future.”

Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the French co-chair of the Green group, urged the Parliament “to defend a community-based interest and leave behind national interests”. “European federalism is key for [Europe’s] future on the global stage,” he said.

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Брытанскі старшыня групы ECR Марцін Каланан нагадаў, што, на жаль, не ўсе краіны вынеслі ўрокі з Першай сусветнай вайны, бо па-ранейшаму абапіраюцца на пагрозы і ваенную сілу.

Парламент павінен даць сігнал, што ЕС ніколі не будзе падтрымліваць вайну, што мір нетрывалы і не можа ўспрымацца як належнае ў Еўропе, сказала Габрыэле Цымер, нямецкі старшыня групы GUE/NGL.

Найджэл Farage, брытанскі сустаршыня групы EFD, сказаў, што існаванне нацыянальных дзяржаў прывяло да вайны і таму іх неабходна ліквідаваць, з'яўляецца «патэнцыйна небяспечнай хлуснёй».

Daniël van der Stoep, a Dutch MEP who is not part of any of the political groups,  said that the European Parliament had the same objectives as the out-of control leaders of the world wars, namely to create a state as powerful as possible on the European continent. “There are voters who will make clear on 22 of May that they oppose the unlawful and dictatorial occupation of their nation states.”

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