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Pope Francis slams 'haggard' EU

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Pope Francis slams 'haggard' EU

<p>After another record low turnout at the European elections earlier this year, Pope Francis delivered an address on Tuesday which was scathing in its criticism of the EU.</p> <p>The pontiff told <span class="caps">MEP</span>s that the European institutions were “old” and “aloof”, breeding mistrust amongst citizens by enacting policies that were “downright harmful”.</p> <p>“The great ideals that inspired Europe seem to have lost its attractiveness and have given place to bureaucratic technicalities,” Pope Francis said.</p> <p>The 77-year-old Argentine also said the EU must balance the need for economic reform and social justice.</p> <p>“This implies, on the one hand, finding new ways of joining market flexibility with the need for stability and security on the part of workers; these are indispensable for their human development.”</p> <p>Pope Francis has been a vocal critic of austerity in Europe since taking up the papacy; he has also hit out at corporate greed and consumerism.</p> <p>But the pontiff reserved his strongest criticism for how Europe treats migrants and refugees.</p> <p>“We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery. The boats landing daily on the shores of Europe are filled with men and women who need acceptance and assistance,” he said.</p> <p>One of his first visits as pope was to the Italian island of Lampedusa where he saw first-hand the suffering of would-be migrants who had travelled from Africa to Europe’s shores.</p> <p><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10152645892253110" data-width="606"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews/posts/10152645892253110">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/euronews">euronews</a>.</div></div></p>