Today, I want to tell you about the three, to my mind, most important challenges currently facing the European People's Party.
First, we must redefine our fundamental catalogue of values, the minimum of Christian democracy, so to speak.
If we want a united Europe, a Europe of Solidarity, we must start with ourselves.
One of the great moral authorities, John Paul the Second said that Solidarity is never one against the other. When one is a Christian Democrat, it is sometimes worth listening to the Pope.
And by this I do not mean the need for some ideological inventions, but rather a conscious and very seriously taken return to our roots.
It has been forty years exactly since I started my studies at the University of Gdańsk.
A utopia of Europe without nation states, a utopia of Europe without conflicting interests and ambitions, a utopia of Europe imposing its own values on the external world. Obsessed with the idea of instant and total integration, we failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe do not share our Euro-enthusiasm.