A coalition of political party leaders from 16 European nations signed a joint declaration to reject the European Union’s globalist model. Signatories believe opposing the so-called “European super state” will promote respect for each member country’s culture and heritage.

According to Euractiv, several key referents signed the declaration like Vox Spain Party Leader Santiago Abascal, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Italian Senator Matteo Salvini, French National Rally President Marine Le Pen, PiS Poland party leader Jarosław Kaczyński, and Brothers of Italy Leader Giorgia Meloni.

Several right-wing parties also signed the document from Austria (FPÖ), Belgium (Vlaams Belang), Bulgaria (VMRO), Denmark (Dansk Folkeparti), Estonia (EKRE), Finland (Perussuomalaiset), Greece (Ellinikí Lýsi), Lithuania (Lietuvos lenkų rinkimų akcijos), Romania (Partidul Național Țărănesc Creștin Democrat), and the Netherlands (JA21).

“Cooperation of European nations should be based on tradition, respect for the culture and history of European states, respect for Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the common values that unite our nations, and not on their destruction,” European leaders said in a statement obtained by Euractiv.

Kaczyński said the declaration came in anticipation of an upcoming European bloc debate on the European Union’s future. The bloc proposes changes that are a radical departure from what were once founding principles of the union, according to the Pole national.

Signatories warned the European Union wants to create a “European superstate and new social structures” through “dangerous and invasive social engineering known from the past, which must provoke legitimate resistance.”

The union hopes to achieve this goal through using judicial instruments like the European Court of Justice. Previous court rulings have pressured member nations to follow a rather progressive agenda without first considering whether each country preferred to adopt a more traditional policy.

Signatories now want new changes to counter the bloc’s liberal agenda by empowering individual member states to establish their own institutions. These institutions would have a similar degree of authority to those representing the European Union.

“Moralistic overactivity that we have seen in recent years in the EU institutions has resulted in a dangerous tendency to impose an ideological monopoly,” the statement said.

“All attempts to transform European institutions into bodies that take precedence over national constitutional institutions create chaos, undermine the sense of the treaties, question the fundamental role of member states’s constitutions, and the resulting disputes over competences are–in effect–settled by the brutal imposition of the will of politically stronger entities on weaker ones,” it added.

Conservatives versus liberals: Hungary wages ideological war in bloc

Diplomatic tensions escalated when Orbán recently signed a new law, banning schools from displaying material that promotes homosexuality and gender reassignment to children.

Hungary’s conservative Fidesz-ruled government believes the law protects children from pedophiles, and passes the responsibility of sex education back to parents.

The decision drew immediate criticism from 17 of the 27 member nations that co-signed a letter “reaffirming their commitment to the protection of gay rights.” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez drafted and promoted the letter after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called on Orbán to respect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights–or leave the European Union.

However, Poland and other countries are seriously considering whether to follow Hungary’s example.

“This law states that school lessons touching on questions of sexuality must not promote gender reassignment or homosexuality,” Polish Education and Science Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek said according to Reuters. “We should copy these regulations on Polish soil in their entirety!”

The split between conservative and liberal leaders could eventually create a rift in the bloc, if conservative demands remain unmet and countries still have to accept EU decisions that do not take the people’s will into account.