EU superstate warning: 'A question of when not if,' admits MEP after von der Leyen speech

European Commission President Mrs von der Leyen today unveiled a series of objectives with the stated intention of making the bloc more resilient and united to confront futures crises after the coronavirus pandemic, which has plunged Europe into its deepest recession in history. However, Derk Jan Eppink suggested the true aim was to take more power away from the bloc’s individual member states.

Mr Eppink, member of the right-wing Forum for Democracy (FVD) party, pointed to plans to establish a health care union as evidence, as well as questioning who would ultimately end up fitting the bill.

He said: “This State of the Union was a power-grab.

“It is no longer a question of whether the EU wants to become a superstate, but when this will become a reality.

“The COVID-19 crisis is used to centralise controversial topics under a Brussels bureaucracy. Those are ambitious plans.

“But who is going to pay? The Dutch taxpayer will bleed.

“Fortunately, the Member States still have a vote on these plans in their national parliaments.

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“The EU will take further control of our lives. The bigger, the more authoritarian.”

During her speech, Mrs von der Leyen said: “For me, it is crystal clear – we need to build a stronger European Health Union.

“And to start making this a reality, we must now draw the first lessons from the health crisis.

“We need to make our new EU4Health programme future proof.

“This is why I had proposed to increase funding and I am grateful that this Parliament is ready to fight for more funding and remedy the cuts made by the European Council.”

Her speech concluded: “When we had to find a way forward for our future, we did not allow old conventions to hold us back.

“When we felt fragility around us, we seized the moment to breathe new vitality into our Union.

“When we had a choice to go it alone like we have done in the past, we used the combined strength of the 27 to give all 27 a chance for the future.

“We showed that we are in this together and we will get out of this together.”

She added: “The future will be what we make it. And Europe will be what we want it to be.

“So let’s stop talking it down. And let’s get to work for it.

“Let’s make it strong. And let’s build the world we want to live in. Long live Europe!”



EU superstate warning: 'A question of when not if,' admits MEP after von der Leyen speech

European Commission President Mrs von der Leyen today unveiled a series of objectives with the stated intention of making the bloc more resilient and united to confront futures crises after the coronavirus pandemic, which has plunged Europe into its deepest recession in history. However, Derk Jan Eppink suggested the true aim was to take more power away from the bloc’s individual member states.

Mr Eppink, member of the right-wing Forum for Democracy (FVD) party, pointed to plans to establish a health care union as evidence, as well as questioning who would ultimately end up fitting the bill.

He said: “This State of the Union was a power-grab.

“It is no longer a question of whether the EU wants to become a superstate, but when this will become a reality.

“The COVID-19 crisis is used to centralise controversial topics under a Brussels bureaucracy. Those are ambitious plans.

“But who is going to pay? The Dutch taxpayer will bleed.

“Fortunately, the Member States still have a vote on these plans in their national parliaments.

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“The EU will take further control of our lives. The bigger, the more authoritarian.”

During her speech, Mrs von der Leyen said: “For me, it is crystal clear – we need to build a stronger European Health Union.

“And to start making this a reality, we must now draw the first lessons from the health crisis.

“We need to make our new EU4Health programme future proof.

“This is why I had proposed to increase funding and I am grateful that this Parliament is ready to fight for more funding and remedy the cuts made by the European Council.”

Her speech concluded: “When we had to find a way forward for our future, we did not allow old conventions to hold us back.

“When we felt fragility around us, we seized the moment to breathe new vitality into our Union.

“When we had a choice to go it alone like we have done in the past, we used the combined strength of the 27 to give all 27 a chance for the future.

“We showed that we are in this together and we will get out of this together.”

She added: “The future will be what we make it. And Europe will be what we want it to be.

“So let’s stop talking it down. And let’s get to work for it.

“Let’s make it strong. And let’s build the world we want to live in. Long live Europe!”



Furious French MEP confronts EU on its 'centralised, reductive and debilitating' vision

Jerome Riviere, a member of Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Rally party, vowed to fight the EU’s “centralised, reductive and debilitating” vision. And he condemned the European Commission’s leaders for their “mad desire” to interfere with the sovereignty of member states, particularly on defence issues.

We will continue to oppose this centralised, reductive and debilitating vision

Jerome Riviere

Mr Riviere, head of the French delegation of the European Parliament’s Identity and Democracy Group, also criticised the bloc’s response to growing tensions between Greece and Turkey in the eastern Mediterannean.

He said: “Since the start of this term, certain groups under the benevolent gaze of the Commission have manifested a mad desire to interfere in a sovereign domain par excellence, which belongs only to nations, that of defence.

“After the European defence fund that would support armament programmes without proper validation, they attempted with this test to regulate the exports of armaments.”

Jerome Riviere

Jerome Riviere has launched a blistering attack on the EU (Image: GETTY)

He continued: “All pretexts are good for taking away the last parts of sovereignty from the member states.

“So much blindness! More than ever the world is uncertain.

“In the Mediterranean, this historical, economic and cultural space, tensions are bursting, which will shape our future.

“The European Union is showing its inability to act. Worse, it marks strong differences between a continental bloc led by Germany and the countries of the south.

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Jerome Riviere

Jerome Riviere said Brussels wanted to distance EU citizens from their own national governments (Image: GETTY)

“Threatened by Turkey, it is indeed France which – through its sovereign policy of arms exports, on the autonomous reserves of its Army and Navy – delivers to Greece in record time the Rafales and the Exocets that it requires.

“Recent events show the absurdity of these projects.

“We will continue to oppose this centralised, reductive and debilitating vision, which consists of distancing the peoples from the nations and their parliaments, which are the only legitimate centres of political decision-making.”

Mr Riviere lashed out after Turkey rejected a statement by the EU’s seven Mediterranean states as biased and “detached from reality”.

NATO members Turkey and Greece have overlapping claims to continental shelves and rights to potential energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

Tensions flared last month after Ankara sent its Oruc Reis survey vessel to map out possible oil and gas drilling prospects in waters claimed by Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

In a joint statement France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus said the bloc would draw up a list of new sanctions on Turkey at the end of September unless Ankara negotiates to resolve the dispute with Greece and Cyprus.

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Oruc Reis

Turkey enraged Greece when it sent a research vessel into disputed waters (Image: GETTY)

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Greece must “unconditionally sit at the negotiating table with Turkey” in order to achieve dialogue and cooperation in the region.

It said Athens must withdraw its military ships from around Oruc Reis in order to de-escalate tensions.

The EU has said it stands in “full support and solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus in the dispute while Athens and Nicosia have called on the bloc to sanction Turkey.

The EU will address the issue at its summit next week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the EU had no jurisdiction on maritime boundary matters and Ankara expected the bloc to remain unbiased.

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)



Finnish MEP blasts 'hypocrite' Brussels and von der Leyen in explosive EU Parliament rant

The Finnish eurosceptic MEP launched into a seething attack on Ursula von der Leyen after the Commission President hailed the European Union’s management of the coronavirus pandemic as a success. Ms von der Leyen urged the EU 27 to come together to form a stronger union as she denounced attempts frome member states to violate the rule of law. But Laura Huhtasaari quickly pointed out the Commission President could not give lessons to the members after the EU broke its own rules in a bid to secure support for its recovery fund.

Ms Huhtasaari said: “Madame von der Leyen is wrong. The EU did not succeed, the EU broke the rules.

“No matter how much von der Leyen is trying to convince us she is better than us EU critics politicians, she broke the no-bailout rule. We didn’t. 

“A community that does not follow its own rules has no credibility. The EU is a hypocrite.”

She continued: “What Europe needs now is immediate tariffs on Chinese imports following the example of the United States to save its own industrial production and the European way of life.

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“We are the ones who want to follow the rule of law and von der Leyen is not. That has to be made clear.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk shortly after the rescue fund was agreed, Ms Huhtasaari noted the European Union had agreed to breach one of the tenets of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

She said: “You don’t want to pay other country’s debts.

“Right now, the corona package is using Finland’s credit rating and then we pay back the debt together, which is against the treaties, Article 125.”

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“This is why we will ensure that money from our budget and NextGenerationEU is protected against any kind of fraud, corruption and conflict of interest. This is non-negotiable.

“But the last months have also reminded us how fragile it can be. We have a duty to always be vigilant to care and nurture for the rule of law.

“Breaches of the rule of law cannot be tolerated. I will continue to defend it and the integrity of our European institutions.

“Be it about the primacy of European law, the freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary or the sale of golden passports. European values are not for sale.”



Finnish MEP blasts 'hypocrite' Brussels and von der Leyen in explosive EU Parliament rant

The Finnish eurosceptic MEP launched into a seething attack on Ursula von der Leyen after the Commission President hailed the European Union’s management of the coronavirus pandemic as a success. Ms von der Leyen urged the EU 27 to come together to form a stronger union as she denounced attempts frome member states to violate the rule of law. But Laura Huhtasaari quickly pointed out the Commission President could not give lessons to the members after the EU broke its own rules in a bid to secure support for its recovery fund.

Ms Huhtasaari said: “Madame von der Leyen is wrong. The EU did not succeed, the EU broke the rules.

“No matter how much von der Leyen is trying to convince us she is better than us EU critics politicians, she broke the no-bailout rule. We didn’t. 

“A community that does not follow its own rules has no credibility. The EU is a hypocrite.”

She continued: “What Europe needs now is immediate tariffs on Chinese imports following the example of the United States to save its own industrial production and the European way of life.

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“We are the ones who want to follow the rule of law and von der Leyen is not. That has to be made clear.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk shortly after the rescue fund was agreed, Ms Huhtasaari noted the European Union had agreed to breach one of the tenets of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

She said: “You don’t want to pay other country’s debts.

“Right now, the corona package is using Finland’s credit rating and then we pay back the debt together, which is against the treaties, Article 125.”

Article 125 of the TFEU, the EU and its member states have no obligation to assume the commitment of either national government or central banks of other member states if they incur in financial trouble.

The article states: “The Union shall not be liable for or assume the commitments of central governments, regional, local or other public authorities, other bodies governed by public law, or public undertakings of any Member State, without prejudice to mutual financial guarantees for the joint execution of a specific project.

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EU warned: 'More referendums to come' Swedish MEP in stern threat to von der Leyen

Swedish MEP Peter Lundgren warned Sweden and other EU member states could soon join Britain outside of the Brussels bloc as he lashed out at European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the State of the Union address. Speaking in the European Parliament, Mr Lundgren warned Swedish citizens wonder why they must continue to pay huge sums of money to the Brussels bloc whilst receiving no benefits in return. 

He blasted: “I wonder as a Swedish citizen standing here today, why should we join in and pay for all of this?

“Why should Sweden borrow money and lend money to other EU countries without getting anything in return?

“It’s a version of the truth, because we certainly get the debts that we will have to pass to our children and our grandchildren for many years.

“We had big problems in Sweden with bomb attacks and shootings as in other countries.

“For Germany, for example, we all remember Chancellor Merkel’s speech.

“We can’t cope. You have just as many problems as Sweden does and the longer you insist with this United States of Europe there will be more and more referendums going against being members of this club.”

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EU State of the Union descends into chaos as von der Leyen sparks verbal spat with MEP

The 2020 State of the Union meeting in the European Union’s Parliament in Brussels was suddenly interrupted as a German MEP cut off Ursula von der Leyen as she replied to questions about her speech. Ms von der Leyen could be seen stopping mid-sentence to turn and face MEP Jörg Meuthen sitting nearby who appeared to have let out a loud comment to her speech. The European Commission President paused a second hearing Mr Meuthen angrily comment in her native German before addressing him directly.

Ms von der Leyen was commenting on the different position the European Union had chosen to adopt when tackling issues like mass migration, insisting the bloc had opted to address the issue legally and seeking to maintain the peace between everyone.

She said: “This makes you angry, this makes him angry because we got him on the point.

“When he sees we are on a different position when that is concerned. And that is democracy. That is democracy.

“He cannot bear with the contradiction that you are preaching hate and we want solutions and we want a constructive approach to migration.”

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She continued: “Therefore this is the right moment for a fresh start on migration. Just a few numbers.

“Every year, about two million people do come to Europe, two million and 140,000 refugees so we should be able to manage that.

“Two million people are coming to Europe because Europe is a wonderful continent that offers a lot of opportunities and this is normality.

“And on top of 143,000 refugees last year, we should be able, we have to be able, to manage that.

“Therefore we will put forward legislation next week and there will be time to discuss it.”

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'Europe will be WRECKED' Polish MEP lashes out at 'arrogant' von der Leyen in furious row

The European Union’s chief executive lashed out against homophobic policies of the nationalist government in Warsaw in saying on Wednesday there was “no place” in the bloc for districts proclaimed “LGBT-free zones” in Poland. “LGBTQI-free zones are humanity free zones. And they have no place in our (European) Union,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told her annual policy speech to the European Parliament. “Breaches of the rule of law cannot be tolerated,” she said.

But the Commission President’s comments were brutally dismantled by Polish MEP Ryszard Antoni Legutko who accused Mrs von der Leyen of “hypocrisy” and “arrogance”.

He blasted: “As usual behind sanctimoniousness there is hypocrisy. What this rule of law policy amounts to is brutal majoritarianism.

“The mainstream majority wants to crush every form of dissent and do not open the door for instruments of the tyranny of the majority, as you promised you would do.

“That was the scariest part of your speech.

“This is already getting uglier and uglier, wilder and more mandatious.

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“The European institution wants to switch off democratically constituted institutions of the nation states.

“They instigate internal conflict by endorsing some parties against other parties.

“This is not your business, you shouldn’t do it!”

He added: “This is political arrogance at its worst. Let me conclude: if we continue, if you and your Commission continue the current course, Europe will be wrecked.

“I repeat, Europea will be wrecked.”

He concluded: “Mr Juncker will forever be remembered as the Commission President who lost Britain.

“You, Mrs von der Leyen, must make sure that you are not the President who lost the people of Europe.

“I urge you work with member states not with ideologically driven campaigns masquerading as political groups in this house. Save the European Union from ideology and return it to reality.”

Last month, Poland’s justice minister said a town that had lost EU funding over dubbing itself a zone free of “LGBT ideology” would receive government financial support.

Von der Leyen said the bloc’s executive will soon present “a strategy to strenghten LGBTQI rights” in the bloc, as well as pushing for mutual recognition of family relations in the EU.

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“If you are parent in one country, you are parent in every country,” she said.

Currently, some countries in the bloc recognise same sex marriage and parenthood, but others do not.

That leads to situations in which, for example, two women recognised as mothers of their children in Belgium would not be treated the same way in Poland, meaning they would not have the same rights vis-a-vis their children depending on where in the EU they are.

The Law and Justice (PiS) government in Poland – as well as its eurosceptic ally, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban – have long been at loggerheads with the EU over undercutting democratic standards.



EU State of the Union descend into chaos as von der Leyen sparks verbal spat with MEP

The 2020 State of the Union meeting in the European Union’s Parliament in Brussels was suddenly interrupted as a German MEP cut off Ursula von der Leyen as she replied to questions about her speech. Ms von der Leyen could be seen stopping mid-sentence to turn and face MEP Jörg Meuthen sitting nearby who appeared to have let out a loud comment to her speech. The European Commission President paused a second hearing Mr Meuthen angrily comment in her native German before addressing him directly.

Ms von der Leyen was commenting on the different position the European Union had chosen to adopt when tackling issues like mass migration, insisting the bloc had opted to address the issue legally and seeking to maintain the peace between everyone.

She said: “This makes you angry, this makes him angry because we got him on the point.

“When he sees we are on a different position when that is concerned. And that is democracy. That is democracy.

“He cannot bear with the contradiction that you are preaching hate and we want solutions and we want a constructive approach to migration.”

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EU ERUPTS: Boris Johnson told by furious MEP he is 'losing credibility' with Brexit Bill

Speaking after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the European Parliament, the head of the PPE warned MEPs will vote against a final trade deal agreed between Brussels and the UK if Boris Johnson continues to push for the withdrawal agreement to be overridden. Manfred Weber said: “Here the need of credibilities is really, really big.

“It makes no sense to negotiate a future agreement in the face of a British Prime Minister who is throwing out of the window the agreement that he signed himself.

“Great Britain you are losing your credibility at the global level.

“What I can say is that the European Parliament can never vote for any trade agreement with Great Britain if we cannot trust each other.

“So the upcoming months will be extremely challenging.

“They will shape Europe. Let’s show our citizens that Europe shows solidarity and first of all credibility.”

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