European Conservatives and Reformists Group leader in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall, criticised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address on September 14. He said Juncker had an opportunity to listen to the warning signs across Europe and alter the EU’s direction, but did not.
“Today was billed as a relaunch, but sadly it’s fundamentally the same mantra we’ve heard year after year,” he said. “Just with new proposals to pile upon the last. More military integration, more requests for funds, more debt for tomorrow’s children to keep today’s socialists happy.”
Kamall, who is leader of the third largest group in the European Parliament, also criticised the ‘G5’. He accused the leadership of two political families (the Christian and Social Democrats) of pre-cooking all major decisions without including other members of the parliament, or even their own groups.
The British MEP also said: “In June this year, the British people voted to leave the EU but the voices of discontent reach far beyond the English Channel. In many other EU countries, the warning signals are there. And if they continue to be ignored, don’t be surprised if others ask to follow.
“The ECR Group that I lead has MEPs from 18 Member States who want an EU that works better for their voters and for their countries,” added Kamal. “Our fear is that project Europe has been set to cruise control and its drivers are unwilling to apply the brakes, whilst they ignore the warning signals.”
“Diversity should also mean treating all countries equally,” he continued. “But today some countries are being treated as more equal than others. We see France getting away with flouting EU budget rules – and I quote – ‘because it’s France’. We see Mrs Merkel’s Germany breaking every immigration rule in the book. We see Old Europe getting away with it, while countries in Central and Eastern Europe are actively targeted by the Commission. So, instead of more rules that are broken, how about fewer rules, that everyone signs up to in good faith?”