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    Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen looks on before delivering a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament on February 14, 2017 in Strasbourg, eastern France

    Van der Bellen: Citizens of EU to Decide Between Love for Homeland or for Europe

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    Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen stated that in the European union it has become a bit of a trend to say that "we have to decide between love for homeland, on the one hand, and love for Europe, on the other."

    VIENNA (Sputnik) – The European states will not benefit from unreasonable exchange of the power that they have as a united community for national sovereignty, Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen said Tuesday.

    "Sometimes I get the impression that in Europe we have reached a point when our emotions are becoming more important than our reason. Let’s not allow ourselves to be convinced that it would be good deal if the power of our great the European community would be bargained away for the smaller clout of alleged national sovereignty," Van der Bellen said.

    Van der Bellen stressed the EU states were mutually dependent, needed each other and were stronger together then alone.

    "Unfortunately, in the European union it has become a bit of a trend to say that we have to decide between love for homeland, on the one hand, and love for Europe, on the other," Van der Bellen noted.

    Van der Bellen delivered the speech at the session of the European Parliament within the framework of his first official trip to the European Union.

    Former leader of the Austrian Green Alternative party (the Greens), Van der Bellen, 73, was elected President of Austria in re-run in October 2016 and officially took office on January 26, 2017.

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