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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Nigel Farage Welcomes PM Samaras to the EU Presidency
In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on January 15, 2014, the British MEP Nigel Farage had this to say:
"Well I have to congratulate you, Mr Samaras, for
getting the Greek presidency off to such a cracking start. Your overnight
successful negotiation in the trilogue on MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments
Directive), I’m sure we’ll have them dancing in the streets in Athens, no
matter that your country, very poorly advised by Goldman Sachs, joined a
currency that it was never suited to, no matter that 30% are unemployed, that
60% of youth are unemployed, that a neo-nazi party is on the march, that there
was a terrorist attack on the German embassy.
No don’t worry about all that because the trilogue on
MiFID has been a success. And, in many ways, it sums up the two Europe’s: the
Europe that’s talked about in here by the dreamers who want to impose a new
United States of Europe with an identity and a currency, and the real world out
And you come here Mr Samaras and you tell us that you
represent the sovereign will of the Greek people? Well, I’m sorry, but you’re
not in charge of Greece, and I suggest you rename and rebrand your party – it’s
called ‘New Democracy’, I suggest you call it ‘No Democracy’.
Because Greece is now under foreign control. You
can’t make any decisions, you’ve been bailed out, and you’ve surrendered
democracy, the thing your country invented in the first place.
And you can’t admit that joining the euro was a
mistake – of course Mr Papandreou did that didn’t he, he even said there should
be a referendum in Greece and within 48 hours, the unholy trinity (troika) that
now run this European Union had him removed and replaced by a ex-Goldman Sachs
We are run now by big business, big banks and in the
shape of Mr Barroso, big bureaucrats.
And actually that’s what these European Elections are
really going to be all about. It’s going to be a battle of national democracy
versus EU State bureaucracy.
Whatever you may say in this chamber, the people out
there don’t want a United States of Europe, they want a Europe of sovereign
states, trading and working together.
And I believe the European elections are going to
mark a watershed. Up until now everybody has thought, much as they may not
like, the development of the European Union, that it was inevitable. That myth
of inevitability will be shattered by the European elections this year.”