Press Release Sarkozy: ‘The question is not how to save Greece, but how to save the eurozone’

29/06/2015

    _ ‘Greece has elected a government that has lied,’ who ‘wants all the benefits of Europe without assuming its responsibilities’

    _ He has agreed with Aznar when stating that ‘there is no democracy without rules, and there is no Europe without rules’

    _ ‘Greece will be suspended as long as it keeps on trusting its government’ and ‘it has to say what it wants, whether Europe or a government that wants to destroy Europe’

    _ ‘We have not made Europe to be weaker, but stronger, all together’

    _ ‘Democracies do not have the right to be weak. We have to adapt our model to the new reality’

    _ ‘We have to ignore tepidness to protect our citizens from an internal and external war. It is a matter of courage and will’

Guadarrama (Madrid), 29.06.15.- The former president of France and president of the Republicans, Nicolas Sarkozy, has delivered the opening conference of the 2015 FAES Campus, held in Guadarrama. During his speech, he spoke about the situation in Greece following the events of recent days, and stated that ‘the question is not how to save the nation, but how to save the eurozone.’ He also reviewed the future of Europe and the problem of immigration, terrorism and security in the continent.

With respect to Greece, Sarkozy also stressed that ‘the situation is more serious than what is being told’ because Greece ‘has elected a government that has lied to them,’ who ‘wants all the benefits of Europe without assuming its responsibilities’. ‘Why has Spain made so many efforts, like Portugal and Ireland, if tomorrow an irresponsible government can be exempted from any responsibility asking the others to pay, scoffing at what might happen in Europe?’ he asked.

Moreover, he agreed with Aznar when stating that ‘there is no democracy without rules, and there is no Europe without rules’ and criticized that the Greek government should try to avoid meeting them while making the other members of the eurozone bear the consequences. In addition, he stated that ‘Greece will be suspended as long as it keeps on trusting its government’ and that ‘it was known that its policies were irresponsible and would lead its people to disaster.’ ‘Now it has to decide what it wants, whether Europe or a government that wants to destroy Europe’, he stressed, and added that after much suffering, now it has to choose between ‘European solidarity, with responsibility, or solitude.’

 

REBUILDING EUROPE

Sarkozy said that ‘we have not made Europe to be weaker, but stronger, all together’ and that ‘Europe needs to be rebuilt, re-founded’. Therefore, he explained that the best strategy is to consider their problems, ‘not as a catastrophe but as an opportunity’ and to ‘use every crisis to accelerate the reform of a eurozone worthy of its name.’ In this regard, he proposed the creation of a ‘European Monetary Fund, so that Europe can solve its own problems.’

He also said that ‘we have to turn the Schengen page to reach a new agreement on immigration policy.’ ‘I believe a true Schengen will respond to our populations' concerns. Otherwise, how can we avoid the explosion of populism, demagoguery, and racist feelings which are so estranged of the European civilization, which is our civilization,’ he reflected.

As for terrorism, Sarkozy said that ‘democracies do not have the right to be weak.’ We have to adapt our model to the new reality,’ he stated, and added that ‘there are people in our societies who want to destroy them and we cannot allow them to do this. We have to conduct an in depth study all of our security apparatus. We have to ignore tepidness to protect our citizens from an internal and external war. It is a matter of courage and will, of lucidity and speed.’ ‘When you decide to make war, you cannot do it half-way. It is made with the sole desire of winning, or it is not done. When I see that the international coalition is unable to end the advance of DAESH in Syria I wonder if there really is a strong will to stop them’ he said. Thus, he noted that ‘this Mediterranean must find the path of compromise or failure will be terrifying with all its consequences.’

During his speech, Sarkozy also expressed his ‘friendship and admiration for José María Aznar,’ and flattered his ‘leadership’. In addition, he said that ‘the important thing is to have ideas and the difficult thing is to defend them’ and, in this regard, he said that ‘FAES is one of the most important foundations of Europe.’