"It would appear that EU bureaucrats are telling the truth while the Conservative Government wishes to string people along with no hope of success or satisfaction. Is the UKIP understanding of the EU gaining traction among Commissioners?” - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP.
• In an article published 16th December, entitled "Can we move beyond the Maastricht orthodoxy?" EU Commissioner for Employment, László Andor suggested that some Southern European countries “may not be far from a disastrous situation where Eurozone membership and democracy are no longer compatible.”
“Technocratic governments installed in troubled countries during some of the most acute moments of the Eurozone crisis managed to carry out fiscal consolidation and overdue structural reforms but wielded little influence over the Eurozone's aggregate fiscal stance or the use of surplus countries' excess savings; hence they also unsurprisingly failed the electoral test," Commissioner Andor wrote.
"Sticking to the Maastricht orthodoxy will lead to steadily weakening of the pro-European mainstream in Southern European countries, and some of these countries may not be far from a disastrous situation where Eurozone membership and democracy are no longer compatible.”
Mr Andor starts off by expressing his fears of the influence of Eurosceptics:
"A year and a half after the first report of the ‘Four Presidents’ (Van Rompuy 2012), today’s policy debate on the EMU’s deepening appears strikingly modest when compared to Europe’s economic woes and growing fears of a strong result for Eurosceptics and populists in the May 2014 European elections."
He concluded: “Let us not forget that the single currency never was a purely financial or economic project. It was launched two decades ago with a strong political mandate to help keeping Europe united. However, the euro can only fulfil its unifying mission if the costs and the benefits of the EMU are more fairly distributed among the participating Member States, and if the rules of the game help boosting the growth potential of all of them. To deliver this, we need a new paradigm.”
Responding, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said:
“I have been saying for years that EU membership and national democracy are incompatible and repeated many times that the Euro was never a sensible economic idea but a political project - basically a currency in search of a state.
"How surprised I am to hear an EU Commissioner basically admit these two things.
"Commissioners Barroso and Reding have told David Cameron that negotiation of EU competences with the British government is not going to happen.
"It would appear that EU bureaucrats are telling the truth while the Conservative Government wishes to string people along with no hope of success or satisfaction. Is the UKIP understanding of the EU gaining traction among Commissioners?”