GERMAN PLAN FOR EU TAKEOVER SPARKS OUTRAGE
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister David Cameron in Berlin
Friday June 8,2012
By Martyn Brown
DEMANDS were growing last night for Britain to act to halt Germany’s relentless march towards creating a European superstate.
Fury erupted after German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday cranked up her plans for political union.
On the day she met David Cameron in Berlin to try to tackle the eurozone crisis, she declared: “We need more Europe. We don’t only need monetary union, we also need a so-called fiscal union. And most of all we need a political union, which means we need to gradually cede powers to Europe and give Europe control.”
Her comments added weight to the Daily Express crusade to get Britain out of the EU. And they triggered a chorus of calls for the Prime Minister to stand up to Germany’s desire to dominate.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: “The euro is beyond fixing, it is a busted flush. The sooner they accept that the better. We don’t need more politics to sort the problem. This Soviet-style political project has failed.”
The euro is beyond fixing, it is a busted flush. The sooner they accept that the better. We don’t need more politics to sort the problem. This Soviet-style political project has failed
Fellow Conservative backbencher Douglas Carswell said: “The German taxpayer is going to be extremely reluctant to take on eurozone debt.
“What we are seeing is a deluded European elite resisting failure at all costs.” Ms Merkel’s remarks highlighted a growing rift with non-euro member Britain.
At their meeting later, Mr Cameron pledged he would not ask British taxpayers to underwrite the debts of ailing banks in Greece and Spain.
The Prime Minister said he had “no doubt” that the 17 nations of the eurozone would move towards closer fiscal union within the next weeks and months. But he made clear Britain would not be involved in any such arrangement.
“I can understand why eurozone countries may want to look at elements of banking union,” he said. “Because we are not in the single currency, we won’t take part.
“I wouldn’t ask British taxpayers to stand behind the Greek or Spanish deposits. It is not our currency, so that would be inappropriate.”
But he added: “We want the eurozone to succeed. We want the euro to solve the problems it faces, so that all European economies including ours can get back to healthy growth.”
Mr Cameron wants a bigger eurozone rescue fund and joint eurobonds to protect against turmoil in financial markets. But the German government believes only a clear road map for eurozone integration will restore confidence.
Berlin is expecting European Council president Herman van Rompuy to make suggestions about a banking union at the next EU summit.
Senior Tory MPs are to press Mr Cameron to hold a referendum on Britain’s future in Europe if the moves go ahead.
Mr Cameron yesterday repeated his referendum pledge. “The British people have this guarantee, which is that if power is transferred from Westminster to Brussels then we hold a referendum,” he said.