The Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Xydakis underlined the importance of the European Union remaining united, by focusing on solidarity and growth, ahead of the informal summit meeting in Bratislava on Friday.

In an interview for the Athens-Macedonia News Agency, the Alt. Foreign Affairs Minister argued that the EU must shift its focus on social issues and word towards strengthening democracy.

According to Mr. Xydakis, realism and flexibility are necessary so that the European vision may once again become attractive to the people. Only then will Europe be able to overcome the hate from the far right.

The crisis in the EU does not stem from some natural disaster; the causes are political and consequently the solution lies in politics. Europe must unite on the basis of solidarity and growth. The time is right” he concluded.