Christophe Midol Monnet, euronews: “Jerzy Buzek is the President of the European Parliament. A former member of Solidarnosc and former Polish Prime Minister. Jerzy Buzek is since last July the first citizen of a new member state to head a European Institution. As such, he recently played an active role in favour of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, both in Ireland and in the Czech Republic.
President Buzek, what is your personal memory of the 9th of November 1989. How did you react to the news about the fall of the Berlin Wall?” Jerzy Buzek – European Parliament President: “I remember the day very, very well. Because Poland was, a few months before, quite a free state, because Solidarity won the election and we had a non communist government in my country. And Chancellor Kohl, just at that time, visited Poland and he went back for few hours to Berlin, for the opening of the borders, and returned to Warsaw to finish the visit. So, we remember very well this moment in Poland.” Christophe Midol Monnet, euronews: “Are there celebrations in Poland about the fall of the Berlin Wall?” Jerzy Buzek – European Parliament President: “Yes, there are celebrations probably in every single European country. And we celebrated also the Solidarnosc victory on the 4th of June. It was also a twentieth anniversary. And it happened also on the Austrian-Hunagrian border, the opening of it, also the same year. And the Velvet Revolution, in a few days, will be celebrated in Czechoslovakia, Czech and Slovak Republics. And also in Bulgaria and Romania, this year, we are in the twentieth year of changes in our part of Europe.” Christophe Midol Monnet, euronews: “And from your position as President of the European Parliament, would you say that there is today a really common perception of this historical event a cross Europe?” Jerzy Buzek – European Parliament President: “Probably, there is a common perception. Maybe not one hundred percent of Europeans are thinking the same way. It is usual that we differ.” Christophe Midol Monnet, euronews: “ And would you say that Europe today has now a really common perception of the fight for democracy?” Jerzy Buzek – European Parliament President: “Well no. Maybe there is a misunderstanding. I am saying that we have a very similar perception about that. And it is necessary to fight for democracy in every age, because it is not done forever. So, we must remember that every day. And it is something which must be remembered also within the European Union. In the democratic law, Human Rights law, we must react immediately. And we are doing that in the European Parliament, specifically because Human Rights, democracy, are points of crucial interest for the Members of the European Parliament. “If I could add something to end with as you started by mentioning ‘new member states’. I don’t think we have any new and old member states anymore. We are just united. We have common responsibility. There are differences between us of course, but we have our common policies and we can help in a lot of situations being a united and strong Europe.”