Geert Wilders in Italy: “The Future Belongs to the Europe of Sovereign Nations”

Below is the prepared text for a speech given today by Geert Wilders at the Ambrosetti conference at Villa d’Este, Italy.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for having me here today. I applaud the fact that you invite someone who does not share your enthusiasm for the European Union. Or your European dream as Euro commissioner Frans Timmermans just called it. To be honest: his dream is my nightmare.

I realize that my views are different from those of the many members of the European establishment in our midst, but I am an optimist.

I believe in a positive future for Europe as a community of independent, sovereign and democratic nations — working together without a supranational political union — a Europe without the European Union.

I believe that true democracy can only exist and flourish within a nation state. National sovereignty combined with domestic culture gives us our identity. As does control over our own borders and budget and the right to decide how to use it ourselves as a nation.

Unfortunately, most of our governments have transferred ever more powers to the EU, undermining many important things we Dutch have achieved over the past centuries and hold very dear.

Our forefathers have fought for a democratic Netherlands. That is a Netherlands where the Dutch electorate and nobody else decides on Dutch matters. Democracy means that a people can decide its own legislation.

Democracy equals home rule. But owing to the transfer by our governments of powers to Brussels, the EU institutions and other countries are now deciding on issues which are vital to our nation state: our immigration policy, our monetary policy, our trade policy and many other issues.

A huge part of our legislation has been outsourced to Brussels. Our national parliaments have become implementing bodies of the EU. Many people object to that.

In the 2005 referendum, the Dutch voted against the European Constitution, but a few years later a slightly altered version under a new name was forced down our throats.

Last year, a large majority of the Dutch voted in a referendum against the EU Association Treaty with Ukraine, but the treaty was pushed through anyway. Very few people can still take the EU seriously as a democratic institution after experiencing this.

Another extremely important thing the Dutch have achieved over the past centuries were clear and defined borders. Borders are important. Because they protect us and define who and what we are. Thanks to our governments who gave away sovereignty, we are now no longer in charge of our immigration policy and even our own borders.

And the result is devastating.

If you give away the keys of your own house to someone who leaves the doors unlocked you should not be surprised when unwelcome guests force their way in. I believe every nation should be in charge of its own borders and decide themselves who is welcome and who is not. The Netherlands is the home of the Dutch people. It is the only home we have got. And we should regain control over its border and immigration policy.

One of these things we, Dutch, hold dear as well is our national identity. The Dutch have their own identity. And so do the other nations of Europe.

But there is NO single European identity.

The EU is characterized by cultural relativism and enmity towards patriotism. But patriotism is not a dangerous threat; it is something to be proud of.

It means defending a nation’ sovereignty and independence, and not selling it out in shabby compromises to the EU and its bureaucrats.

As Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said — I quote — “Europe is a community of Christian, free and independent nations. The main danger to Europe’s future comes from the fanatics of internationalism in Brussels. We shall not allow them to force upon us the bitter fruit of their cosmopolitan immigration policy.” End of quote.

I couldn’t agree more.

The European Commission has recently started procedures against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic because they refuses to take in immigrants. Two years ago, Mrs Merkel invited millions of immigrants to come to Germany.

A historic mistake. She didn’t just let millions in; her policy encouraged them.

Her “Wir schaffen das — We can do it” call was one of the greatest pull factors in Europe’s migrant crisis. It is impossible to preserve your identity if you are inundated with millions of newcomers from an entirely different culture. A culture that — as is the case with the Islamic culture — aims to dominate and refuses to assimilate.

The EU resembles a cartel of governments dominated by Germany and France. These two powerful nations decide almost everything.

But the Poles, the Hungarians, the Dutch, the Italians — they did not elect Mrs Merkel, nor did they elect Mr Macron.

They did not elect Mr Juncker, and we, Dutch, in last March general elections have decimated the most pro-EU and pro-Islam party of The Netherlands: the social democratic party of my fellow countryman Mr Timmermans, sitting next to me here this morning, his party lost 75% of its seats. My party, the most anti-EU and anti-Islam party of The Netherlands won 33% more seats.

Out of the 13 parties in Lower House of Parliament of The Netherlands we are no. 2 now for the first time ever. And next time we will be no. 1.

Another thing we Dutch hold dear is our safety and security. In our streets today, as in many other European cities, we can see what the EU together with pro-EU national leaders have brought us. We are confronted in our inner cities with places that no longer look and feel like the Netherlands, and where Dutch people are no longer safe. We have people in our country who were born in our country, but who do not share our basic values, and it even gets worse.

Parts of Europe even resemble war zones. The EU did not prevent war. There have been horrible murderous attacks in Barcelona, London, Manchester, Berlin, Brussels, Nice, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Madrid, Amsterdam.

Terrorists have entered Europe among the flow of immigrants which the EU and the national governments allowed in. Meanwhile, home-grown terrorists are already one of the biggest problems our nations are currently facing. There are thousands of them, all over Europe, able to travel around unhindered and strike wherever they want.

This morning in a Belgian newspaper the European anti-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerckhove says that there are 50,000 radical Muslims in Europe today. They can commit a terror attack any moment, as has already happened so many times recently.

Brussels together with the pro-EU leaders in the national capitals created the conditions that made these horrible events and attacks possible by allowing millions of immigrants to enter Europe — often unchecked, by making no assimilation demands whatsoever, by refusing to impose a leitkultur, a dominant culture, by being politically correct and because of a total lack of leadership.

In my office in The Hague, there is a huge portrait of Sir Winston Churchill. In 1946, he gave a speech advocating what he called — I quote — “a kind of United States of Europe.” But by this, he did not mean at all what the Europhiles meant. He referred to the British Commonwealth as an example: a loose federation of nations, economically cooperating and bound by a set of principles.

But when he became Prime Minister in the 1950s, Churchill did not apply for membership of the precursor of the EU. He was horrified by the idea of giving up national sovereignty. Because he knew that this would lead to the end of democracy, identity and safety for his people.

And neither does the EU care much about the preservation of the Judeo-Christian culture.

On the contrary, it facilitates Islamization.

Our European civilization, based on the legacy of Jerusalem, Athens and Rome, is the best civilization on earth. It gave us democracy, freedom, equality before the law, the separation of church and state, and the notion of sovereign states to protect it all. The remedy to all the misery and terror is clear: We have to reassert what we are. Only then will we be able to ensure a future for our children in a safe, strong and free Europe.

The problems Europe faces today are existential. Not economics but Islamisation, terrorism and mass-immigration are our main problems. Existential indeed, it determines who we are, what we are and if we will exist as free people in the future.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I believe in free speech. I pay a very heavy price for it. I am on the death list of Al-Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and other Islamic groups. I live in a safe house provided by the Dutch state and I have been under 24/7 police protection for 13 years now. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. So am I.

And I think that Islamization is the greatest threat to our European future. I am not talking about all individual Muslims, many of whom are moderates, but I am talking about the Islamic ideology which is incompatible with freedom and democracy and that we are importing massively.

The European Commission voices its concern about the so-called threat to democracy in countries like Poland and Hungary, but it totally ignores the devastating effect Islamization has on the security and freedom of Europe.

For all these reasons — protection of our democracy, our borders, our identity, our safety and our freedom — we want a Europe without the EU. Sovereign democratic nations are perfectly capable of working together where there are common interests — without needing a supranational political institutional like the EU.

But, despite all the bad news, as I said at the beginning, I am an optimist. All over Europe, ever more people are becoming proud patriots.

And know that the patriots will win. And so will the nation-state.

Nations that of course will be willing to work together closely where they see a common interest. There is nothing wrong with economical cooperation, on the contrary. We can also work together to fight terrorism. But all on a voluntary basis, as sovereign nations.

And without a political union. Without the EU.

The future belongs to the Europe of sovereign nations.

Thank you.

13 thoughts on “Geert Wilders in Italy: “The Future Belongs to the Europe of Sovereign Nations”

  1. A prophet is never beloved in his own country.
    Wilders’ s prophecy about islamization will unfortunately be fulfilled within a generation’s lifetime. That is, if our political leaders will continue their blind behaviour.

  2. I’d like to see some video of GV’s speech to see how many of the conference elites showed up to hear what he had to say. Still, glad (and surprised) that our Great Man of Den Hague was invited to the Forum.

    From the speech: “Our European civilization, based on the legacy of Jerusalem, Athens and Rome, is the best civilization on earth. It gave us democracy, freedom, equality before the law, the separation of church and state, and the notion of sovereign states to protect it all.”

    Transcendent Humanism, I call it. Islam (not “Islamism”) is its antipode.

    • It was the best, and it should remain so. It was the ‘final solution’, and we get to bring it back.

  3. I got into a long conversation with a Dutch guy recently, in his late 30’s. Like the majority in all European countries, he was relentlessly leftist. It’s depressing but he described the general reaction to Geert Wilders as analogous to the US attitude to Alex Jones or Bernie Sanders. To me Wilders seems rational and normal. Even now with Europe being overrun by waves of violent newcomers, after being turned into seminal Islamic states, yet rational leaders like Wilders and le Pen still make little headway. Europe is lost. Fighting back and saving thenselves is unthinkable for 70%+ of Europe. The left is a secular religion there.

    • Having meet a number of young Europeans, that secular religion really does have a hold.
      They are actually quite dangerous, as they are looking to spread their influence, and are just a step or 2 below “antifa”. It has made me very cautious in debating them now, as one time, they have twisted the debate to friends/neighbours of mine, about me.
      I do not trust them now, as video cams, and recordings can easily be done, plus for some I would not put past doxxing you.
      Such sjw for Merkel and the EU.

      All I do is try to bench mark it,, ok this is where Europe is at now, ( and I agree, SC, they are falling in the abyss ).
      Just to get them to consider safe areas, or no go zones, and why?, consider the increase and spread.

      Note the halal certificated (money) food, cheeses, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, yogurts, chocolate, noodles, etc., etc. oh and the % meats of course, and that muslims can not eat all that is killed so the rest of you do and pay for.

      Consider the increase terrorist incidents, and weigh up the odds of islam, and were more prayers and mosque occurring, and what does the loving imam say?

      Are you sure it is poverty?,, consider if how much money, home, welfare, wife children, student study,, as if you look more,,, those terrorists are not in poverty?.

      Rioters, carbecues, how much of your native language have they learned, and then school and support?.
      Then why have they not got a job?..
      As they say,, they are supposed to be the new work force, for when you get old.?
      Surely you have a responsibility of training them up,,, so how long? and is that working out?.

      To consider more about islam, like the life of Mohammad, especially to relate it chronologically and abrogation to the acclaimed sources of koran, hadith and sira.
      To relate that often the specialists, imams, muftis. in this trade of teachings have some unusual ways of putting things, and that one can see that there is
      some common faults.

      Noting prizes given out by foundations, to many leaders of Europe. Then the inter connections to media education and politics, with the source of Couldenhove Kalergi often as a patron for pan European-ism.

      I can only pray, that we can be a remnant, showing ones that there is a different way, a different knowledge, a different thought pattern, and there is much more to history.
      I may never know whether I am effective, as it will be up to them to seek more knowledge, and to think /reason more, but they have glimpsed something more.

      Once one has had a glimpse through a gap in the curtain, then it is difficult for them to un-see, what they now know is there, no matter how they try to pull those curtains together afterward. It may take years of denial, but they now know how to decipher things, when they are ready.

      Even in uncharted seas, the tide never goes out so far out, that it never comes back.
      Then if so fast and far out, beware of the tsunami wave.

      I have occasionally been heartened, as some one who has returned to Europe, picks up and notices things that I have mentioned.
      The difficult thing is then for them to not be discouraged, but to find people, like Gert Wilders and his positive speeches, and support that party.

      It is sort of a rehearsal and we should all learn, and so become more effective, for own friends and family, and hopefully to our communities.

      We all have different ways, some people are subtle, others more bombastic, and people receive things in differing ways. To me so long as these problems are being talked about, and plus safe guarding our free speech.
      Many thanks to B&D and the principles in life that show through in their blog.

  4. The sad fact is that Europe has abandoned it’s religion. It has replaced Christianity with feel good socialism. Many don’t care as long as life is comfortable. They would even sleepwalk into Islam. But then get a rude awakening when the amputations and the beheadings begin.
    This is probably Divine punishment for killing our babies in the womb, homosexual marriage and all the others abominations we practice in the name of freedom while turning our backs on God and His Christ.

  5. I always try to look for underlying causes and dynamics of a situation.

    We do not know what is driving the European dysfunction, but I have some hypotheses.

    Big change is usually driven by a person or group with something to gain. Generally the strongest drivers are money and power, in that order. Ideology or religion may play a part.

    So, who stands to actually gain from increasing the power and scope of the EU at the expense of individual sovereignty? My guess is the bankers, financiers, currency traders, and loan arbitragers. Bring together tremendously different economies, currencies, governments and banking systems creates huge conflicts that somebody has to resolve. Generally, those resolving the conflicts use public monies not easily accounted for, and always take their cut. Bankers and financiers by definition have access to oceans of cash, and have many, many ways to act as generous patrons to grateful politicians, educators, journalists, and bureaucrats.

    The larger the territory and the more extensive the government, the less accountability for those making critical decisions concerning the use of public monies. In Hungary, which is a relatively small country, and which has pretty much maintained its independence, George Soros tried his usual financing tricks, and got called out by name by the prime minister for his troubles. Incidentally, Soros is officially a criminal in Russia, which has a relatively small economy, though a large territory.

    But, in the bowels of the EU bureaucracy and spider webs of subsidies and rules, there is absolutely no oversight or accountability. There are huge numbers of profitable deals to be made with other peoples money.

    So, I would say a driver of the EU consolidation is the international banker and financier class. Historically, these classes have been hostile or indifferent to national character.

    The politicians and bureaucrats of the EU are secondary drivers of consolidation. These people are generally second or third string in intellect and ability, so they look to advancement by doing favors for the monied class, as well as drafting mountains of murky useless regulations and hiring personnel to draft them and then enforce them.

    Finally, you have the general torpor of the population itself. I don’t know if this is driven by the relentless cultural Marxist education and news, or by a genetic deterioration associated with the easing of Darwinian selection pressures by general prosperity, advanced medicine, and the welfare state. It’s probably both.

    But, I can say this. Any country wishing to be independent must remain clear of any association with an enforcement bureaucracy or mandatory commission of settlement. These organizations will always lead to some loss of sovereignty and to further regulation. Disputes between countries must always be settled through bilateral negotiations carried out by representatives of both chosen for that purpose.

  6. Gert Wilders is a genuine political hero of mine. He speaks so many truths and pays a heavy price for it. I hope that he bodyguards continue to do their job well so that he doesn’t pay the ultimate price. God speed sir!

  7. I hope a translation in Italian will be available. It will be important to multiply this speech also in Hungary and Poland.

    • Ironic, since the speech was given in Italy. But I agree: it needs to be a Rosetta stone project. Can you translate into Italian, by any chance?

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