Our Union is based on the tripod of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. And through the European history, we know that if we abandon one of the legs of the tripod, the whole tripod will topple. Never can one be used against the other, if we do not want to revisit the horrible mistakes that Europeans have made in our past. Europe is ultimately and idea and a promise that it is possible to overcome age old antagonisms. That it is possible to live together, trade together, work together in freedom and peace. Freedom, freedom is what so many people fought for. The European Union – based on the rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights – is the concrete expression of the will of freedom of 500 million Europeans. This is who we are.