The European Union was not built on Christian values but on anti-fascism, Slovenia’s Violeta Tomic, the European Left candidate for the bloc’s top job, told Euronews on Tuesday.
Tomic made the comments on Raw Questions as part of a series of live interviews Euronews is running in the build-up to next month’s European elections.
She rejected claims by some “mostly right-wingers” politicians — including rival spitzenkandidat Manfred Weber — that the bloc is built on Christian values because “in all small villages there is a Christian church.”
“I think it (the EU) is built on anti-fascism because after the Second World War we finally find out that it is peace that we want to keep inside of Europe,” she said.
Tomic also outlined how she would tackle some of the challenges facing the EU from climate should she replace Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President after May’s parliamentary elections.