Von der Leyen says world is 'full of contradictions and conflict'
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MEPs from Sweden, Denmark and Finland have teamed up in the latest blow to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her allies in the eurozone, namely Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, to call on their governments to stop further integration in the bloc.
Sweden Democrats MEP Charlie Weimers, Danish People’s Party MEP Peter Kofod and Laura Huhtasaari, True Finns MEP, are urging people to fight against the creation of a so-called United States of Europe.
In an open letter to their respective governments and citizens published in the Swedish daily Dagens Industri, the trio claimed their governments “know that the citizens of their countries do not want to increase EU power further”.
Lambasting EU chiefs’ plan to push for more integration through the Conference on the Future of Europe, the three MEPs said Stefan Löfven, Mette Fredriksen and Sanna Marin know that the exercise, sold by Brussels as an opportunity to listen to European citizens’ demands, will merely serve as a trampoline for a federalist agenda.
They wrote: “There is a historical parallel to this ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’.
“Twenty years ago, the Convention on the Future of the European Union was launched, which would make the EU ‘more democratic, more transparent and more efficient’.
“Former President Giscard d’Estaing chaired the convention and, without consulting the representatives of the European countries, presented a draft constitution for Europe that buried all traces of intergovernmentalism in the EU treaties.
“This was rejected in referendums, but returned in a form described as the Treaty of Lisbon.
“This too was rejected in a referendum in Ireland but after political promises were made the Irish voted again and the transfer of power was a fact.”
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They continued: “One of the heads of government who appointed Giscard d’Estaing was the then Prime Minister of Belgium, Guy Verhofstadt.
“Today the most fanatical and well-known federalist in the European Parliament. Together with an unknown Portuguese and a Croat, he will lead the conference.
“Federalists like Verhofstadt are convinced of the importance of gradually increasing EU power. One way is to deprive the governments of the Member States elected to elect the President of the Commission.
“Common top candidates in the EU election and joint electoral lists in the EU election for parties at EU level are also on the wish list.
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“Making EU elections more supranational reduces the link between Member States’ parties and citizens and will be used to legitimise further transfers of power.”
In a furious attack on France and Germany, they added: “The euro countries, and in particular France and Germany, want to increase supranationalism in order to save the euro. If we want to stop this, we must make it clear to the EU elite that there is no support for a bloated EU state in the Nordic region.”
Sharing their letter on Twitter, the group reiterated:
“Sweden, Finland and Denmark MUST PULL THE EMERGENCY BRAKE Police cars revolving light
“The Nordic countries do not want the United States of Europe. When the EU starts its Future Conference to implement the next transfer of power, the Nordic governments must put a STOP.”
The Conference was launched on May 9, Europe Day, in Strasbourg and will last one year.
Speaking at the opening of the Conference, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged all participants to keep an open mind.
She said: “We must ensure it is not an intellectual policy exercise or a closed political compromise.
“We should be honest that the conference is not a panacea or a solution to every problem.
“And we must listen to all voices – whether critical or complimentary – and ensure that we properly follow up on whatever is agreed.”
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