Guy Verhofstadt on EU 'standing up' to Putin in 2018
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On Friday, MEPs from 16 parties and 15 EU states joined forces today to declare “resistance” against a European superstate stripping nations of their sovereignty bit by bit. The so-called “declaration of values” was signed by all parties in the Identity and Democracy (ID), European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups and the unaffiliated Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.
Commenting on the news, the Belgian MEP accused the alliance of politicians of serving Vladimir Putin’s interests.
He tweeted: “‘Patriots’ supported by Putin.
“Pro ‘free peoples’ but building autocracies at home.
“Contra ‘Brussels imposing norms’ but against women’s rights, lgbti-rights, minorities.
“Destroying EU for their own political gain….
“Champagne corks popping today..in the Kremlin!”
But Mr Verhofstadt’s comments immediately backfired as critics flocked his Twitter page to post a series of pictures in which the Belgian MEP was portrayed smiling with the Russian President.
One Twitter user blasted: “You are the facilitator you and
your ilk have spent years attempting to destroy national sovereignty of member states chasing after your planned super state to which all member countries would be subjugated by France and Germany through its unelected EU Commission.”
Another one said: “Your list of points is pathetic. Yes, I’ll open a bottle of wine, but not to celebrate your points.
“I’ll celebrate the future of mother Europe as we used to know her.”
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And another one: “It will happen because you don’t listen. It was good project destroyed by forcing extreme liberal ideas…. first possible moment means out of this prison of nations!”
Someone else added: “We the people don’t want is your garbage!”
Another user said: “Real champagne corks popped up in Russia when Germany, with help of Dutch companies, decided to build NS2. Allowing Putin to gain billions of dollars in next years and enabling him to blackmail Central Europe countries.”
Others pointed out that just a few days ago, it was German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, huge proponents of a more integrated EU, who suggested the bloc should hold a summit with the Russian leader.
The proposal was refused by seven EU member states and the idea was rubbished as the latest proof Mrs is incapable of understanding eastern-Europe relations with Russia.
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In the declaration, the group of MEPs denounced the “overactivity” of the European institutions in what should remain member states’ competences.
In a stern warning to Brussels, they unanimously pledged to form a new resistance against the creation of the United States of Europe in favour of more respect for sovereign nations.
They wrote: “The use of political structures and law to create a European superstate and new forms of social structure is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must prompt legitimate resistance.
“The moralistic overactivity that we have seen in recent years in the EU institutions has resulted in a dangerous tendency to impose an ideological monopoly.”
They added: “All attempts to transform European institutions into bodies that take precedence over national constitutional institutions create chaos, undermine the sense of the treaties, question the fundamental role of Member States’ constitutions, and the resulting disputes over competences are in effect settled by the brutal imposition of the will of politically stronger entities on weaker ones.
“This destroys the basis for the functioning of the European community as a community of free nations.
“We believe that consensus should remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence on decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy.
“This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.
“In the member countries there is still an overwhelming will to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship pervades nations and societies of our continent.
“It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, whereas a Union that rejects reform will squander it.
“That is why today we turn to all parties and groups who share our views with this document as a base for a cultural and political common work, respecting the role of the current political groups.
“Let us together reform the Union for the future of Europe!”
Parties from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finlandia, Poland, the Netherlands, Greece and Romania, Lithuania and Hungary signed the document.
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