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Farage: Van Rompuy wants to abolish nations
Date 10/11/2010 15:32  Author webmaster  Hits 2984  Language Global

EU Council President Herman van Rompuy speaking in Berlin, 09.11.2010 - Photo: European Union CouncilIn a keynote speech reminiscent of Soviet supra-nationalism, European Council president Herman van Rompuy said last night in Berlin that nation states are a lie and nationalism leads to war.

"The time of the homogenous nation state is over," van Rompuy said.

In response, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Mr van Rompuy "is unfit to govern. As I warned last year, this man is an overpaid catastrophe who wants to abolish our nation. The only non-nation is Belgium, his own country," Mr Farage said.

"Nation states will not disappear because they are the expression of peoples' will. The EU is swimming against the tide of history. The number of nation states in the world is increasing all the time."

The EU Council president was in Germany for the anniversary of the Schicksalstag ('fateful day') which emcompasses five historic events, including the execution of a revolutionary leader in 1848, the fall of the monarchy in 1918, the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

"We have together to fight the danger of a new Euro-scepticism," Mr van Rompuy said.

"In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie! [...] The biggest enemy of Europe today is fear.  Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war."