What ‘values’ do EU states share?

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Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

As the UK was regaining Brexit independence the EU’s three top bosses, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel and David Sassoli, issued a joint statement.

They said: “The last few years have reminded us all that the European Union is more than a market or economic power but stands for values that we all share and defend. How much stronger we are when we are together.”

But what values were they talking about? Reverence for Almighty God? Their Christian heritage? Respect for human life from its earliest stages to natural death? The family based on the marriage of a man and woman? Care for refugees fleeing from poverty and terror? Subsidiarity? Objective morality?

Far from “sharing and defending” these values, the EU and most of its member states strongly oppose them. Yet these values are the only possible foundation for unity, peace, hope and justice in society.

Being “strong together” is not enough. Strength must be used to promote what is good and just.