"Europe's cancer is relativism", this has led to "extremist situations"
"We need to understand that our influence on the Arab countries depends on recovering our values"
Zarzalejos: "Addressing the problem of the EU and its contribution to democracy in the Arab countries is ambitious and necessary"
Madrid, 25.04.12.- Jaime Mayor Oreja, Vice-Chair of the Group of the European People's Party in the European Parliament, opened with the Secretary-General of FAES Foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, the seminars organised jointly by the Foundation and the European Ideas Network (EIN). During his address, Mayor Oreja declared that "Europe failed with the core diagnosis of the crisis and therefore we did not apply the right solution". "We are not only undergoing an economic crisis, but of people", and added that "until there's a change of personal attitude we will be facing a crisis which, unless faced otherwise, has no solution".
At the start of the first day of the seminars, dedicated to the role of the European Union in the 'Arab Spring', Mayor Oreja considered that "a separate diagnosis" of this issue and the new international architecture which will be analysed by FAES and EIN on April 26th should not be done. "The greatest risk in Europe is taking the wrong direction, and in the Arab countries it is not knowing how to do anything, not knowing how to find interlocutors", he warned.
In this sense, the Vice-Chair of the People's Group in Brussels pointed out that "Europe's cancer is relativism, having socialised nothingness", which, in his opinion, has led to "extremist situations, like in the French elections a week ago or in Holland just a few days back".
Mayor Oreja also pointed out that "we need to understand that our influence on the Arab countries depends on recovering our own values". "Our secure guideline as Europeans regarding the 'Arab Spring' lies in strengthening what we are" and in having "the capability to know how to do an in-depth analysis of the political and particularly cultural crisis that we are enduring today", he concluded.
In turn, the Secretary-General of FAES Foundation, Javier Zarzalejos, declared in his address at the opening of the seminars that "addressing the problem of the EU and its contribution to enrooting democracy in the 'Arab Spring' countries is an ambitious and necessary activity that needs to be accomplished". Furthermore, he added that "it is not less so thinking about the new international architecture and the governance demands which needs to be supplied with urgent answers by the former".