European Council leader Charles Michel rejoiced in the deal he helped strike this week as he appeared in the European Parliament on Thursday. EU leaders reached a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and COVID-19 recovery package early Tuesday morning. Mr Michel said the decision was a “revolution of the European project” as Brussels moves towards closer integration of resources.
The Belgian went on to lambast those who criticised the deal, including eurosceptic MEPs, as “extremists”.
He said: “I have heard also about the excesses. I’ve heard the miserable words from the extremist parties.
“You are choosing to be inward-looking, you’re choosing hate, you’re choosing to separate yourself.
“It is a very sad day for you but it’s a very happy day for Europe and Europeans.”
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Addressing MEPs on Thursday, he said: “We have decided to move forward quickly.
“It is a revolution of the European project that we have on the table with the recovery fund and budget.
“This will transform the way the EU will be able to close ranks and deal with crises.
“We have seen a major step forward in the debate on resources. This is not the end of the story, it is just the start.”
He added: “It is historic. The first leap forward was the single market, the second was the euro, and the third is that the EU will issue bonds for the first time.
“This will increase its financial capacity in a dramatic way.”
Earlier in the plenary, MEP Phillipe Lamberts launched a scathing outburst against the seven countries he claims tried to block the deal at the summit.
The leader of the Greens in the European Parliament named and shamed the so-called “frugals” – the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland and Denmark – as well as the “pseudo-democratics” – Hungary and Poland.