Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko noted that the Europeans have forgotten what war and authoritarianism are, and, therefore, take the peace and freedom for granted. He writes this in his article, "We believe in Europe" for the publication Politico.
"Nowhere in Europe will you see as much faith in the EU as you do in Ukraine. Not because we are not aware of the EU’s drawbacks, but because we are all too conscious of the alternatives. Wherever the European idea is in retreat, it leaves a vacuum that gets filled with something painfully familiar in Europe’s history: national egoism. The European idea does not get replaced with something new — far from it. It is replaced with greed and narrow-mindedness masked as pragmatism", he said in the article.
"We believe in Europe. We will faithfully stick with Europe. We see Europe for what it is: the only path to a better future and the only remedy for the disease of egoism and division that has cost our Continent millions of lives. As it turns out, even now, after decades of peace and prosperity, Europe isn’t immune. But it can and must fight this disease", reads the article.
Poroshenko said that the time has come for those who have faith in the European project to take the initiative.