"The very people that have put Europe in the mess that it's in, want more power for themselves," UKIP MEP Nigel Farage
told Euro-Parliamentarians in Strasbourg today.
"The whole thing is headed in the wrong direction," he said, addressing the Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, who attended the debate on the preparation for tomorrow's EU summit.
Greece, Spain and Portugal don't fit inside this economic and monetary union, Mr Farage said, adding that what they actually need is "help to break free from this economic prison of nations before we create something truly catastrophic."
"And yet, what's on the table tomorrow is the proposal for yet more centralised power," he said.
"If you go on down this route you threaten not just the economies of Southern Europe, but you threaten democracy and peace itself. We're at a crossroads. We need to turn back. People need national control over their currencies and over their economies. This isn't working."
Addressing the chamber since surviving a plane crash, May 6, Mr Farage said: "Since I was last here I've suffered some small ups and some rather dramatic downs - perhaps rather like the euro. The difference of course is that I'm going to get better."
"The folly of your policies has already blighted the lives of tens of millions of people in Europe, and it now threatens to blight hundreds of millions of people.
"This whole project was based, of course, on a lie, as Mr Van Rompuy has admitted. It is perfectly clear that economically it doesn't work," he said.
"But interestingly, politically, it can't work either: Nobody ever gave consent for the project. There is clearly no such thing as a European identity. And why should the Germans work hard to pay for the Greeks?"