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Crisis-hit EU should go back to founding spirit, says Bonino

Foreign minister sees 'alarming trends'

Crisis-hit EU should go back to founding spirit, says Bonino

Florence, May 9 - The European Union needs to react to the economic crisis by rediscovering its fundamental values and drawing inspiration from its founding fathers, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Thursday. Addressing an international conference in Florence on the State of the Union, Bonino spoke of a crisis in ''fundamental values'' and the growth ''everywhere in Europe'' of intolerance, support for xenophobic and populist parties, discrimination and a weakening of the rule of law. ''It is in our vital interest to react to these alarming trends'', the foreign minister said, adding that ''in order to defend the construction of Europe we need to rediscover its mission''.

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