You all saw the headlines:
Next week, Germany and France will table proposals for far-reaching changes to the EU treaties that will give Brussels powers to enforce ‘fiscal discipline’ over the eurozone’s 17 governments.
OK, so in the face of that, what do the Tories do?
Conservatives drop challenge to Brussels on work rules. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, on Wednesday abandoned the Conservatives’ demands for repatriation, because of the urgency of the eurozone crisis.
And how does he explain that away?
“The key priority is to get stability restored, to get a solution to the eurozone crisis,” he said. “At the moment that is everyone’s priority. If treaty change is the means to that end, then we would recognise that as a necessity,” he said.
So, the solution is to accede to Brussels’ demands for fiscal union? That’s the solution to the Eurozone crisis? Le Figaro’s readers are in no doubt:
Face à la crise, l’Europe doit-elle aller vers plus de fédéralisme ?
Vis-a-vis the crisis, does Europe have to move towards more federalism?
There we have the state of play. Under the guise of a crisis – oh whatever will we do [much handwringing] – in comes fiscal union. Unelected, unrepresentative, unaccountable fiscal union, meaning Brussels then controls the City’s billions.
Just who are these people in Brussels [rhetorical question]?
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