In my four-year experience as Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), I have come to realise the great importance of European-level parties in the political life of Europe. Although I was for many years actively involved in Spanish politics – working alongside Jose Maria Aznar – I did not realise the relevance and the impact of the EPP on crucial political decisions.For years, I was under the impression that EPP’s influence only went as far as the European Parliament, through the...

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