'One crisis to the next' Furious Brussels chief exposes EU chaos in raging Parliament rant

Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest party bloc within the European Parliament, challenged colleagues on Wednesday as he exposed the key reason behind the ongoing crisis of the European Union. The German MEP appeared to suggest member states had lost their penchant for solidarity, thus helping the bloc plunge into chaos. Mr Weber said: “The euro crisis, the migration crisis, the Brexit crisis, now the corona crisis.

We are stumbling from one crisis to another, and why? Because all too often we are led by fear.

“Fear is the enemy of solidarity, fear is the enemy of the future, and fear is the enemy of our freedom.

“We need the courage to show solidarity, and the first important step is now the recovery fund. We need a resolution this month.”

Mr Weber insisted the EU must agree on a recovery fund to help member states affected by the coronavirus crisis as soon as possible.

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But he also warned those countries seeking the financial support of the EU they will need to provide the bloc with a viable repayment plan to pay back their debts by 2028.

He continued: “We need courage in the future. We cannot spend the money we borrowed from our children in the past, we need to build the future.

“Courage to be fair that if you borrow money. you need to be honest about how you pay it back.

“Does anybody here seriously believe that you can pay back the debts to the European Union without digging into your own resources? I think no.

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Chancellor Merkel pleaded with MEPs to help “secure cohesion” among member states after deep divisions emerged among the EU27 over the proposed fund.

Fiscally conservative members dubbed the Frugal Four – a group comprising Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria – have voiced their disagreement about the plan which would effectively see the bloc assume common debt.

The four have not budged much since the proposal was first tabled but claimed the creation of strict political conditions, such as austerity measures, could help win their support for a deal.

Under the proposed scheme, €500 billion will be given out as grants and the other €250 billion as low-cost loans

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