The European Union’s Parliament president, Martin Schulz, is criticising the recent EU budget agreement and threatening to block it – if national governments do not agree to increase EU spending. This little federalist is demanding the countries of Europe, who are economically struggling, to continue financing Brussels. Or else.
And he doesn’t like our Prime Minister, either, for daring to question the unelected authority of the European Union.
Like others, Schulz does not think the EU should come down from its Ivory tower and join the rest of us in reality: EU officials are paid too much, work less hours and the overall European budget needs reform. But the federalists disagree; Brussels needs more money.
I don’t think the German people, who sent Martin Schulz to Strasbourg, quite like the idea of having to keep giving their Euros to farmers in France and grants to Eastern Europe. In fact, as recent polling suggests, the Germans are getting pretty fed up with funding the whole European project.
Alas once again the European Union Parliament is expressing its contempt to national governments and sovereignty.