JEF Press Release, 23.5.2007 – for immidiate release
Sarkozy should remember that big is better when talking about Turkey and the Constitution, Young European Federalists say
“Europe is about peace and integration, not about conflict and exclusion. Turkish kebab is a part of Europe – as much as French cheese. – Young Europeans from all over the continent expect more from Sarkozy than cultural segregation.” commented Jan Seifert, President of Young European Federalists (JEF) at today’s inauguration visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Brussels.
“Nicolas Sarkozy receiveda lukewarm welcome in Brussels. Even though his affirmation that France is back in Europe gives us hope for the future, his standing on Turkish EU accession provokes some worries. After having included opposite political opinions in his national government, he should not start excluding European partners from co-operation. We welcome his proposals for the creation of a Mediterranean Union. But this has to build on the Barcelona process. A Mediterranean Union will not emerge if Sarkozy starts building new walls on the Bosporus. The accession talks with Turkey have to be continued.” demanded Seifert.
“Sarkozy’s Brussels visit is also a lukewarm welcome for his little ambitious ‘mini-treaty’. JEF welcomed his initiative to pull Europe out of the French-made agony. But Sarkozy should not forget that Europeans aspire for visions instead of bureaucracy. An institutional settlement is fine if it allows Europe to deal with immediate emergencies like climate-change or common foreign action. But there is no doubt about the fact that Europe needs a democratic Constitution if it wants to be accepted by its citizens. A federal Europe is the only possible answer to our common future challenges. A Union which decides on more than two-thirds of today’s legislation on the continent needs a Constitution with ambitious institutional progress in order to be democratic. Sarkozy should not be stuck with bureaucratic pragmatism, he should develop a vision for a common European future. This is a Union that directly involves the European citizens through inviting them to participate in a European Referendum.” Seifert concluded.