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"Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, Commissioners, it is time to wake up to the fact that Communism is dead, and that the inhuman version of capitalism is also doomed. You speak fine words to the people, but your deeds are directed against them. You act to their disadvantage. You say you are on the side of the poor, but in your actions you help liberals and the globalists at the expense of the poor. Most Members of this House are liberals with social-democratic roots. You are aware of the poverty, corruption, and immorality that are tearing Europe apart, yet you turn a blind eye to the poverty affecting hundreds of millions of people in the European Union. It is time to introduce a European social model. You must know that our countries have adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. These are the most important of all international instruments. Nonetheless, citizens’ rights and children’s rights are being infringed in our countries. Allow me to remind you of part of Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care …’ Are these to remain empty words? Are we not bound to implement them? It is high time the European Union introduced a social market economy in accordance with the social teachings of various religious groupings. This would be neither Communism nor capitalism. Rather, it would be an entirely new approach to the socio-economic development of the European Union. We must work together to find a way out of this difficult socio-economic situation for the well-being of the citizens of the European Union. I wish all the citizens of the European Union wisdom and perseverance in the struggle for a dignified life for the working people."@en1

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