Austria’s Sebastian Kurz: Time to replace EU’s Lisbon Treaty to cope with migration, Brexit, debt

Courtesy of Deutsche Welle

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Friday that the national governments of the European Union should renegotiate the bloc’s foundational treaty to better deal with the challenges facing the continent.

“A new treaty is needed with clearer sanctions for members who run up debts, punishments for countries that wave through illegal migrants without registering them, as well as tough consequences for breaches of the rule of law and liberal democracy,” Kurz said in an interview with Austrian newspapers.

“Much had changed” since the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, he said, citing the bloc’s “debt crisis, euro crisis, migration crisis, climate crisis” and “Brexit chaos.”

 

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