King Philippe of Belgium says USA and UK threaten course of history

His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium criticised last week both that the United Kingdom had withdrawn from the European Union and US president Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies. It was Tuesday last week that the King said this when he held a gathering of top government officials in Belgium.

King Philippe warned the top government officials and stated that he feared that Britain and the United States had embarked on dangerous paths that could “reverse the course of history.” In his speech, His Majesty said that last year was “marked by the decision of two great nations and friends to shift their focus inward.” It was evident that he was referring to the US presidential election and the UK referendum on leaving the European Union.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. Photo: Lisbeth Driessen (CC by 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

“This new attitude seems to seek to reverse the course of history, and goes against their tradition of openness and generosity, and their participation in a common commitment and dream,” said the King before he called both nations “beacons of democracy and liberty.” It emerged that the King was apprehensive about the upcoming developments in Europe and the world’s political status. The King said, “Those who disguise the truth or create rifts in our society imperil democracy because it is based on fundamental values: truth, respect, and moderation.”

King Philippe expressed that he thought the European Union still has a future. The King believed one should build a stronger Europe. In the conclusion of his speech, the King urged European unity. He said, “Let us continue to create a Europe that allows our national identities to reinforce themselves through collaboration, instead of weakening each other in confrontations.” It is rare for Belgium’s King, or any other European monarch, to speak out so politically as King Philippe did last week.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.