Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest party bloc within the European Parliament, challenged colleagues on Wednesday as he exposed the key reason
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.
“That’s why we need a repayment plan before 2028 with, for example, a new digital tax. And the courage to be free. Europe is not a cash machine, Europe is a union of shared values. Rule of law must be respected.”