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EU is at loggerheads over the key issues affecting Europe
Date 26/06/2015 22:12  Author webmaster  Hits 1680  Language Global
The gap between the Northern and Southern countries of the EU grows ever wider.

By Nigel Farage, MEP (Express)

I’ve been at the EU summit over the past few days and I don’t sense any congeniality left whatsoever.
There were three main things on the agenda.
Greece was the first and was debated endlessly. In fact, Eurozone countries are coming back on Saturday to talk again. [Update: Greek PM Tsipras calls snap referendum to seal eurozone fate]

Frankly, none of them know what to do. There are now signs that Germany’s patience is running out and whilst it is always difficult and sometimes dangerous to make predictions, there can be little doubt that Greece is nearer to leaving the Euro now than at any other point.
Public opinion in Greece has ran straight into Eurozone rules and compromises are becoming more and more difficult.

There is no united view in response to Greece but if the country does leave the Euro, the European Commission and Germany will comfort themselves that they’ve got firewalls in place.
My experience in markets says that if Greece does go, then people will begin to look at Italy, which has deep imbalances with the Northern EU economies.

There could increasingly be a mind set in Italy that perhaps a referendum on Euro membership would be a good idea.
The second element of disharmony is on the migrant crisis.

I tried in April to make it a General Election issue but nobody in Britain was really interested or wanted to debate it.
Since then, the EU has dusted down its Common Asylum Policy but for it to work the principle of burden sharing would have to be put in place, where numbers of people would be allocated to member states.
I think that Mr Juncker, the Italians and the Greeks are genuinely surprised that the Northern EU countries are saying no.

The reason many of the Northern nations are saying no is because of the big political changes in the North.

The Eurosceptic leader of the True Finns party, Timo Soini, is now the Foreign Minister for Finland.

In Denmark, the Eurosceptic People’s Party stunned everybody with how well they did recently. Marine Le Pen is going strong in France, Geert Wilders is strong in the Netherlands.

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