EU 'is the problem, not the solution' says Hoogeveen
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Michiel Hoogeveen of the eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists took to the lectern at a European Parliament session and blasted the EU Commission for damaging relations with the USA. He argued the body was ignoring where it should be in the world of geopolitics and was seeking to extend its powers to the detriment of its members. Mr Hoogeveen then bluntly told the audience the Commission was “the problem not the solution” as he called for a revision of the body’s place in the world.
Speaking at a European Parliament plenary meeting, Mr Hoogeveen wasted no time attacking the European Commission for overstepping its jurisdiction on the world stage.
The MEP explained the EU was damaging relationships with European nations and the US as it attempts to act as their representative.
He told attendees: “We have an EU that no longer knows its place in the geopolitical arena.
“We have the European Commission seeking what it calls strategic autonomy.
“We have a commission president who recently proclaimed her empire, stating European military forces would be part of the solution.
“Undermining our NATO Alliance and the transatlantic partnership.
“We have a commission that speaks on behalf of France, when they, not us, they lose a submarine deal [that] compromises the relations of all EU member states.
“And we have a European Parliament that believes, according to this report, we should have an opinion on internal US affairs, such as gun control, US border wall, police violence, etc.
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“When will the EU recognise it as part of the problem, not the solution.”
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Mr Hoogeveen shared the clip on his Twitter and wrote: “The relationships between the [US] and countries in Europe are under pressure. Thanks to #EU, With a European Commission that, as the spokesperson for France, throws oil on the fire. When will the EU get to know its geopolitical place?”
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