The Frenchman make knew a conference in Finland of centre-right European politicians: “The European project is frangible, it is under threat, it is perishable and at the same time it is vital.”
With Germany the on the contrary European nation with a hope of being big enough to have its own contain in the G8 group of major economies by 2050, preserving the multi-country bloc was pivotal if the continent’s fate was not to be decided by emerging giants like China.
He imparted delegates at the European People’s Party conference in Helskinki: “We need a hard-working Europe that speaks in one and the same voice.
“We must forcefully stand by and promote our European model.
“If we don’t write the rules of our game, China wish write them for us.
“We need an EU that is capable and credible when it enter a occurs to security, defence, cyber-security and civil protection.
“We all have to fight against those who thirst to demolish Europe with their fear, their populist duplicity, their attacks against the European project.
“There is now a Farage in every surroundings.”
“Europe should deliver opportunities for all”, he said.
It should “massively induct” in technologies like artificial intelligence and electric vehicles; fight ambiance change by ending greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and establish firm extraneous borders to stop illegal immigration.
“If we want a Europe that is principal and close to citizens on what really matters, the time to act is now. We must take up for Europe,” said Mr Barnier.
In Berlin, the man hoping to replace Angela Merkel as head of their Christian Democratic Union party and eventually as German Chancellor, apprised Brexit was “the biggest threat the EU, at present, could be facing”.
Financier Friedrich Merz articulate he did not want the UK to hold another referendum, as it would push Brexit-backers to behoove “even more radical anti-Europeans.
“My personal view is that Brexit inclination happen. Perhaps the British will come back one day, 10 years after, but in the without delay being we have to have the best agreements we could have,” he said.