A great deal of effort has been made by the current leader in European political spectrum, the European People’s Party (EPP), in trying to convince citizens and journalists that are – others more, others less – carefully watching the campaign ahead of the May 2019 European elections, that the party has the answers for the bloc’s future, countrary to their opposing populists, the extreme left and extreme right.
“We are the solution,” said the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani speaking in Athens at the EPP’s Group meeting. The only problem is that at the end of an institutional term steered by the EPP, the party is heading to elections with an opposition-styled rhetoric.
“Without us it is impossible” underlined the European Parliament president in the Greek capital, while explaining to his fellow Christian-democrats that Europe is under Chinese attack and that therefore, the EU needs to change.
For the next institutional term, as he proposed, Europe needs a young Commission president – the Party’s Spitzenkandidat, Manfred Weber – to combat populists and of course the man himself, Tajani, “to keep a good balance, to strengthen the EU and the EPP’s position in Brussels”.
Why? Because according to Tajani, without the EPP the EU will find it impossible to elect a new Commission president, it will be impossible to find a solution for illegal immigration, it will be impossible to defend the bloc’s borders, it will be impossible to work against youth unemployment, it will be impossible to strengthen the future European Parliament, it will be impossible to strengthen European economy in a global level, it will be impossible to strengthen democracy.
Some would call it arrogance, some would call it a superiority complex, and the EPP would call it a reality. Yet while the truth lies somewhere in the middle of the triangle, this kind of absolute rhetoric shows what troubled waters Europe finds itself in.