• EU Council President, Herman Van Rompuy must be "a modern-day Walter Mitty" to believe that "the euro had been a victim of its own success," said UKIP MEP Nigel Farage today in the European Parliament in Brussels, debating the conclusions of the 17 June European Council meeting (EU Summit).
Addressing Van Rompuy throughout his speech, Mr Farage said, "you gave us a great insight as to why so much is failing inside the European Union today. You said the Summit had happened and the euro crisis had gone away; that we stepped back from the edge of the precipice. And then you gave us the gem - the quote of the day: you said that the euro had been a victim of its own success.
"Well, at least that will bring a smile to the faces of millions of people tonight when they see the news. You must be indeed a modern-day Walter Mitty - a dreamer."
Mr Farage said it was known from the start that several countries would not fit into the eurozone.
"You knew they cheated and lied, and they bent the rules - and yet you carried on with this political project - like Icarus, heading towards danger despite the fact that you've been warned that things wouldn't work."
Mr Farage exclaimed his amazement at last week's meeting with Mr Van Rompuy, who admitted there is no contingency plan to help countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal, which at some point will have to leave the eurozone.
"There is no plan to help them refloat their own national currencies," Mr Farage said.
"Just how much do these countries have to suffer in the pursuit of this euro dream? Just how much unemployment does there have to be? What level of civil disorder is acceptable to hold together a currency that simply cannot work?" Mr Farage asked van Rompuy.
"And I wonder, for how much longer will the Germans go on paying the enormous bill?
"The extraordinary thing is that you and everybody in this room thinks you're doing this to be 'good Europeans'.
"Well I would put it to you that this place has nothing to do with Europe at all; that there is no such thing as a European identity.
"Indeed, the strength of Europe is its diversity - of language, of culture and of states. And ironically it is us - the EU-sceptics - who will turn out to be the good Europeans.