The President of the Republic warned today of "the risk of the crisis of the political system arriving in Berlin" and considered that there is an "attempt of Paris to reclaim the protagonism based on the protagonism only of a personality".
On the day German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would not be re-elected to the presidency of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and that this is her last term as Germany's head of state, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked "Other dynamism" to the defenders of the European project.
The head of state left these messages during the presentation of a book on "The Future of Europe", of university professors Fausto de Quadros and Dusan Sidjanski, edited in English by the Academic Association of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, a co-financed project by the European Commission.
In a speech of about twenty minutes, in the Aula Magna in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke again in grave tone about the future of the European Union, noting that his "original base of support" was in crisis, also because there was "the necessary pedagogy", and it is today threatened by "inorganic movements, by radical, critical, skeptical, contestation parties" of the European project.
"We are very far from the end of this cycle. And let us hope that it does not have to end as the cycles usually end in a war or a financial crisis so severe, so extensive, so broad that it goes beyond what fuels these radicalisms, which is to feed on the crisis itself, assigning responsibility to third parties. That's how they grew up a hundred years ago. This is how they can grow again, "he warned.
About six months into the European elections, the President of the Republic reiterated that in his view "the likelihood of a more fragmented European Parliament is enormous," and "the likelihood of a weaker European Commission is no less pronounced."
In this context, he insisted on quick decisions until then, although anticipating that "broad, pre-election understandings are increasingly difficult."
According to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, "the evolution of the Berlin-Berlin axis from the Berlin-Berlin axis to the crisis has now been accentuated in another way, that is to say, by the absence of a" in the European Union.
"Because, on the one hand, we find the risk of the crisis of the political system coming to Berlin. And on the other side we find the Paris attempt to regain protagonism based on the protagonism of only one personality – not a party, not a regime, not a history or a lasting legacy, not a stabilized political system, "he said, in an allusion to the French President, Emmanuel Macron.