European integration opens up opportunities and chances for us that we would never have had alone, even as Germans. We have to seize these opportunities and make Europe better together. We need a Europe that puts people first.
Europe is our future. We politicians are elected for the future, not for the past. Politics must shape the future with the goal of making people's lives better. I fight for a more humane and democratic Europe.
As Chairman of the EPP Group, I am committed to a Europe of values that is united, open, capable of action and above all close to its citizens. The European People's Party unites Christian Democratic and Liberal-Conservative parties from almost all Member States. With over 180 members of parliament, the EPP group is the strongest political force in the parliament.
Europe is not a melting pot. The greatest attraction and wealth is the diversity in the EU. Our task is to combine this diversity. I advocate not losing sight of what is essential. Not every problem in Europe is also a task for the EU.
Active for Europe
speeches & guest contributions
January 19, 2023
At 30 years old, the Single Market remains to be consolidated and prot...
Is there a more invigorating feeling than freedom? The freedom to come...
September 6, 2022
Let us be intransigent towards Russia, our democratic model depends on...
It's been more than 6 months since the Russian aggressor unleashed himself...
July 4, 2022
Preserving the purchasing power of Europeans must be a priority
After the Coronavirus, it is now the turn of inflation to darken...
May 11, 2022
Dialogue in Europe must be given a chance
We need dialogue between peoples and positions. This is the only way...
March 18, 2022
Private audience with Pope Francis
Press release: During a visit to the Vatican, MEP and EPP Group...
March 14, 2022
Priority must be given to our food security
Faced with the risk of serious shortage of world food supplies, priority...