Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias believes that Europe lacks democracy, the European Union has become a punitive agency and does not understand many of the processes occurring in the world and the EU's plans to become the center of the Western world is an illusion.
His vision of the situation in the modern world and of where it moves, Kotzias stated, speaking to members of the political movement "Pratt" ( "Action"), which he chairs.
Kotzias noted a number of trends: to replace globalization, open markets and free movement of goods it is the closure of markets and borders, and some states do tend to isolation.
According to the minister, the world 21 century does not correspond to the European model, and Europe, and it is the EU's difficulty. "This is a world in which the rule continue to dominate the United States of America, and the creation of new centers, especially in Asia. And I would like to emphasize, as I do always that the centers in East Asia are not something new in history. China and India Kotzias said - with these countries, especially China, have believed and still believe that they are the centers of the world, "1 16 century BC to the century were the countries with the highest level of performance and the richest countries..
Europe loses its democratic character
"As with faced with the fragmentation trend is the transition from geopolitics to geo-economics, and the United States understand that, unlike the EU, aware of the importance of new emerging forces over time, the trend of globalization, open markets and the free movement of I predicted two years ago." - the minister said.
Kotzias said that limited its diplomatic policy tools punitive in recent decades EU, "such as sanctions, embargoes, memoranda".
"These tools are not connected with the model of Europe 21-century, with the model, which is to be responsible to our dreams. We see the European Union 21-century? Will he continue to be social? Will it be a major player on the world stage? Is it the Europe, of which its founders dreamed of? " - Kotzias said.
Greek Foreign Minister said that in the EU there were institutional subsystems, like the Eurogroup and the euro zone, which is not in the statutes of the European Union. "The result is that the subsystem operates according to the laws in force only for her, but not by the laws of European law" - Kotzias said, noting that, for example, in the situation with Greece, forced to sign a memorandum with the creditors, the European Commission is only an observer and the European Parliament is not involved at all.
"Europe loses its democratic character, it moves to the institutional system is democratic education", - said the Minister.
multiple crises: financial, debt crisis, institutional, nationalism, immigration, Brexit. "And, most importantly, the EU does not have a crisis management mechanism is the central problem, each new crisis creates problems.", - the minister said. He highlighted the rise of nationalism in Europe.
Referring to Greece's debt problems, Kotzias reminded how to deal with post-war Germany - London Agreement 1953, it was stipulated that Germany would pay the debts when they will go to the development of the economy. This mechanism could be applied to Greece, the minister believes.
Speaking of Syria, the head of the Greek Foreign Ministry did not mention the recent American bombing Syrian air base.
"We believe that Syria should be a political solution. The problem is that we do not have nine countries, where they are fighting against the common enemy. The problem is that these countries are at war with a variety of opponents. The problem is that there is no civil war in the ordinary I mean, when the two sides will eventually run out of resources to third forces can maintain a large flow of so-called militants, especially IG (a terrorist group banned in Russia - ed.)., extremists and weapons "- Kotzias said.
In this context, he paid special attention to ensuring stability in Egypt. "Our first duty - to maintain stability in Egypt, you tell me -. But perhaps there are not violations of human rights in all countries violate human rights, but to protect human rights, we must first protect human life?." - Kotzias said.
According to him, if in Egypt will destabilize the situation, it will bring millions of new refugees.
Turkey and Cyprus
The head of the Greek Foreign Ministry described Turkey as a "nerve force" and "revisionist power", which is trying to revise the provisions of the Treaty of Lausanne. However, the minister said Greece must not fall into the "trap of provocation."
"We have no reason to go into battle, when the Turks problems with Germany and the Netherlands", - the minister said.
Referring to the Cyprus settlement, Kotzias reiterated demands withdrawal of the occupation of the Turkish troops from the island and the elimination of "anachronism" - the guarantee system, which violates the rights of Cyprus as a sovereign state and UN member.
"Cyprus for our national central problem It must be an independent and sovereign state Both communities should live in peace..", - said Kotzias, stating that an attempted coup in Cyprus in 1974 year, which led to the invasion of Turkish troops is the biggest crime Greek junta colonels.
Kotzias said that a special adviser to UN Secretary-General Espen Barth Eide should not behave in the negotiations on Cyprus "as a lawyer and lobbyist for the interests of a third country, which is Turkey."