It does not surprise me that the favourite book of EP President Schulz is The Ages of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm. EU Federalism is an extreme political ideology based on the destruction of national democracy... - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP
• In the European Parliament last week there was an exhibition on the reading habits of MEPs and EU Commissioners featuring their favourite or most influential book.
The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz is photographed (above) reading The Ages of Extremes by Marxist historian and Stalin apologist Eric Hobsbawm who died last year.
Hobsbawm until his death was an apologist for the murder of millions of innocent people by the Communist leader Joseph Stalin. So when people suggest the European Union is becoming a gentle power version of the Soviet Union, don't laugh out loud.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage commented, "It does not surprise me that the favourite book of EP President Schulz is The Ages of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm.
EU Federalism is an extreme political ideology based on the destruction of national democracy, and just as Stalin was happy for millions of Russians to die, the EU is content that millions of European people live in poverty and unemployment just to let the euro project survive."
When Hobsbawn died, Martin Schulz tweeted: "Eric Hobsbawm was a man of extraordinary qualities. His books have greatly inspired and influenced my political and historical thoughts."
That tells you all you need to know.
Schulz on the death of historian Eric Hobsbawm (Europarl)
He hated Britain and excused Stalin's genocide. But was hero of the BBC and the Guardian, Eric Hobsbawm a TRAITOR too? (Daily Mail)
Eric Hobsbawm: A believer in the Red utopia to the very end (Telegraph)
Watch: Farage vs Schulz: The First Confrontation (UkipMeps)