News Local Interior Minister warns against a Europe of populism

Interior Minister warns against a Europe of populism

Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Friday that Europe needs to tackle “taboo” questions threating the project and warned against a Europe of isolation, protectionism and populism.

Petrides, who was addressing the 14th The Economist conference, in Nicosia said that “we, here in Cyprus, owe a lot to Europe, as of course most of the European countries do.”

“We owe our security to be a part of the bigger European family. We owe our prosperity to open borders and trade. And neither our security or prosperity can be guaranteed if we lived in a Europe and a world of isolation, protectionism and populism,” he stressed.

In particular he referred to the need of Europe to address its position on matter such as its socioeconomic direction and its position on internal security, migration, refugees and diversity, as well as its geopolitical relations with countries such as Turkey, Russia and Syria.

“If the EU is about to survive it has to offer answers to the “taboo” questions that threaten its very existence,” he pointed out.

“In the absence of Europe repositioning itself on those topics, extremists of various likes challenge the mainstream political elite by providing their own answers and put in jeopardy the European project itself,” he added.

Petrides stressed that such questions must be addressed if the European Project is to survive.

He said a shared future of peace and prosperity cannot be possible with those who see the retreat to the nation state as the solution to absolutely everything.

It is against those populists who we have to redefine and defend our common basis of values, he pointed out.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

220 new cases through PCR tests, one death announced on Thursday

The Health Ministry announced the death of a man aged 84, with underlying conditions who had been treated at the Famagusta General Hospital. The...

Labor Minister: Support schemes averted drastic rise in unemployment

The package launched by the government to support employees and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic has averted a drastic rise in unemployment, Minister of...

Law for protection of welfare of animals voted

The Ministry of Agriculture hailed the voting of the bill to protect the welfare of animals by the plenary session of Parliament this afternoon. According...

EU fines Teva, Cephalon 60.5 mln euros for delaying cheaper drug

The European Commission on Thursday (November 26) fined pharmaceutical company Teva and its now subsidiary Cephalon 60.5 million euros for agreeing to delay a...

‘Smart and green’ cities in Cyprus soon, Chief Scientist tells CNA

Can research and innovation provide solutions to better serve the citizen and reduce pollution in cities? The answer is that in practice this does...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...