Brussels, Belgium

As was to be expected, more populists and right-wing politicians have entered the newly elected European Parliament than ever before. By drawing simplistic pictures of a complex and globalised reality, they want us to believe that the return to an antiquated nationalistic structure and the exclusion of minorities will solve all our problems. They couldn't be more wrong - and we should tell them every day, whenever necessary. Indeed, in the face of an ever more interconnected and globalised world, of on-going crises such as in Syria or Iraq, we have the choice between a European sovereignty - or no sovereignty at all. Therefore, we need to continue our engagement in building a common European Union. And more than ever, we need to take a strong stance against right-wing tendencies and outright racism, both in Parliament and society.

Barbara Lochbihler, Member of the European Parliament