Tuesday 24 April 2018

Higgins warns EU to take social consequences of austerity into account

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins with the President of the Republic of Croatia Prof. Dr. Tatjana Josipovic at the Office of the President in Zagreb
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins with the President of the Republic of Croatia Prof. Dr. Tatjana Josipovic at the Office of the President in Zagreb

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has warned the EU to take the social consequences of its austerity policies into account.

He was delivering a speech on the future of Europe on the second day of his State visit to Croatia.

President Higgins said that there was a new for Europe to take account of the social consequences of its actions when responding to economic challenges.

“We need a Europe that shows solidarity with the most vulnerable among us – that throws real energy and determination behind efforts to create the sustainable growth and jobs so vital to their well-being,” he said.

And President Higgins said that there had to be a human Europe that celebrated the human spirit rather than “a dry technocratic order with a very limited moral and intellectual base”.

But his speech was less hard-hitting that his previous speech to the European Parliament last April. In that speech, he warned of a "crisis of legitimacy" in the EU and called the dominant economic thinking in Europe and elsewhere "the great flaw of our times".

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