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In less than a hundred days we will be called to vote in the elections of the European Parliament. We spoke to Patrizia Mazzola and Letitia De Torre about this important event.

by Paolo Balduzzi

On May 22 and 25 elections will be held to renew the European Parliament. We asked Dr Letitia De Torre and Dr Patrizia Mazzola to explain the significance of this exercise. Dr De Torre is the international president of the Political Movement for Unity (MPPU); she teaches and was a parliamentarian for two terms. Dr Mazzola is the president of the international commission "Political and Public Administration” within the New Humanity Movement. She too is a professor and for years has been active in politics, especially in Sicily, her birthplace. 

What is the historical importance of the 2014 European Parliament elections?

Patrizia Mazzola or
Mazzola:
“I’ll focus on some aspects: in these last years the European Union has increasingly been the guiding light toward issues that were truly common; in doing so it limited the power of certain lobbies that took care of the interests of just a few to the detriment of the rest. We need to be convinced that without Europe it would be impossible to tackle those problems that afflict our nations. Suffice to mention what happened to migrants in Lampedusa: without the organized help from Europe we would never be able to combine hospitality with legality and to fight against poverty with a world-wide perspective that allows us to find solutions that are efficacious and long-term. We know very little of what Europe does and this is because our contacts with the European Parliamentarians are almost non-existent. These elections could be an opportunity to allow Europe to come back in our daily lives”.  

Letizia De Torre or
De Torre:
“There are three fundamental points: first, there are problems that require a solution on a continental scale (e.g. employment and immigration). Secondly, we have to understand that decisions taken in Brussels will influence us more than those taken in our local Parliaments. Thirdly, the people are asking to be involved more in decision-making, and we continually see this happening in the squares all over the world. The upcoming European elections are an occasion to make our voice heard. After all, this would be the first time that the President of the European Commission will be chosen by the Parliament in Strasbourg.   

In this moment of great changes, with new equilibriums constantly being formed, how are we to deal with the world, how could we be key players in promoting peace and how could we influence financial and economic decisions if we remain just a number of small States? In 2050, Europe will have only 7% of the 7 billion inhabitants: we have no choice but to present ourselves as a continent, with all our centuries-old historical and cultural richness, of course, but with a new and fresh contribution that Europe has to come up with for the benefit of the rest of the world”. 

Why is today’s Europe weak? 

De Torre: “Because the process of integration has been stopped: the nation States have stopped pushing the political ideal of the EU. They go to Brussels to ask for more resources for their internal needs, and then they often blame Europe for whatever goes wrong in their country. This is a destructive attitude that does no justice to the truth. In spite of its limitations, which need to be tackled, the EU embodies a growth of humanism, civilization and opportunities for all. Every citizen needs to rediscover Europe’s potential, its responsibility toward the world and the pride of being part of a continent which, for the first time in history, has embarked on a journey toward a single political entity. Moreover, this is being done freely, respecting all nations and minorities; the ultimate aim is peace: to build fraternity after two devastating wars. Unity within the multitude of diversities, which are to be considered as richness. Who has the right to stop this journey?”    

What is the position that the Political Movement for Unity and the New Humanity Movement are taking in this situation?

De Torre: “We share the ideal of unity and therefore we believe in the EU; indeed, we truly believe that universal brotherhood is the ultimate destiny of humanity, and this is being achieved through big aggregations like Mercosur, African Union, Dialogue for Asian Co-operation and the EU: these are organizations that were set up for various motives, including financial and commercial ones; however, they do represent a very strong thrust toward unity. It is a process with inbuilt propulsion: this is what history teaches. However, if we all do our part, this process will be accelerated for the benefit of all”. 

Mazzola: “Europe’s motto is unity in diversity: a unity that respects the various national diversities. Our job is this: to make the electorate aware of the importance of these historical phases, doing our best to remove all the obstacles that hinder us from recognizing the importance of the diversities, which need to be harmonized in a process of aggregation that needs to be re-activated. In 2012 the EU was awarded the Peace Nobel Prize; on its part Europe doubled the prize money and gave it to poor countries for concrete projects. These are important signals because they give the lie to the perception that Europe is just a bureaucracy machine and a market.  

Recently I had a chat with Peter Njume, a member of Parliament in the Cameroons. This is what he told me: "When we came to know about the crisis in Europe, we gathered with the whole community and each one of us wrote a prayer; we still pray daily for Europe. We believe in Europe and in this process of unification". In fact the aim of this web site is to promote these bridges, these invisible, yet strong bonds with the world that the EU provides. May the articles, documents and interviews found here help many to have the right idea about Europe and its reality that goes beyond the elections to be held in less than a hundred days”.

 

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