• Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, UKIP, Co-President of the EFD Group in the European Parliament (Europe of Freedom and Democracy)
• Debate: Council and Commission statements - Programme of activities of the Polish presidency of the Council - with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk
- 'Blue Card' question by Robert GOEBBELS (Luxembourg), Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (Liberal Alliance)
Video Source: EbS - European Parliament
We live in an age when the gap between ordinary voters and the European political class grows wider by the day, I have to ask you having listened to your words this morning, just what planet are you on?
This pretence that everything is going incredibly well. The EU is mired in deep structural crisis. Greece, Portugal and Ireland cannot survive inside the Euro. The Danes have torn up the Schengen Agreement and good for them because the total free movement of peoples is an irresponsible thing to have done.
And public opinion is saying whilst they want a European cooperation, yes of course, I agree with that. What they do not want is this Europe run by unelected bureaucrats like Mr Barroso.
You say "The EU is fantastic" in a recent comment.
You are supporting the destruction of national democracy, but it is with reference to Greece that I am most concerned about you because when faced with their recent enslavement you said, "We lived for many years as a non-sovereign country, under Soviet occupation. For us European integration is not a threat to sovereignty because we experienced not long ago a serious threat to our sovereignty."
So what are you saying? That this isn't quite as bad as the USSR? Is that really good enough for your people?
And today you described Greece's problems as "trivial". I am sorry, there are hundreds of thousands of people out there on the streets of Greece fighting to get their democracy back. And it beggars belief that you and our President Mr Buzek can talk about the Solidarity Movement, can talk about Poland getting its democracy back twenty years ago and yet, here you are surrendering the democracy and sovereignty of Poland to a failed European Union.
Yes sir, we all want a shared European cooperation for the future, but this, most definitely is not the model.
'Blue Card' question by Robert Goebbels (Luxembourg, Liberal Group):
"Mr Farage is a bit like a cockeral. He's sitting on a heap of c**p and doing cock-a-doodle-doo. Apart from the criticism, what about suggestions; I haven't heard a single constructive suggestion as to how we can change Europe, what ideas do you have for the future of this continent?"
Mr Goebbels, post-1945, there were some very sensible ideas put together, namely the Council of Europe.Let's have a Europe where we sit down together, where we have a free trade agreement, where we agree minimum standards on work, on the environment - we can do all these things, without a European Commission, without a European Parliament and without a European Court of Justice. We've done it in security terms with NATO... (heckling)... Yes, it'll mean losing your job, Mr Barroso, but apart from that why can't we do things as mature democracies... (heckling) Yes, I want you sacked, Mr Schulz, as well; I want you all fired!
We can do those things and that is a positive way forward. By taking away from people their ability to govern themselves and transfering that power to the European Commission, we're headed for a Europe of rebellion and violence. Let's take the democratic route.