Published On: Mon, Apr 29th, 2019

European elections: Guy Verhofstadt hints at plan to create EU ‘EMPIRE’ in election pitch | World | News

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Speaking at a Politico’s debate in Maastricht, the Belgian MEP claimed the future will see the world dominated by “empires” and pledged to create a “stronger European Union” to counteract them. The European Commission President candidate for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) claimed China, India, the US and Russia will dominate the world in the form of “empires” and urged people to support his plan for a “united Europe”.

He said: “I think the youth have to understand – and they understand it – that the world of tomorrow is a completely different world to the world of today.

“It will be a world of empires. The world of China dominating, India dominating, the US and the Russian Federation.

“And living in such world is completely different than 20, 30 or 40 years ago.

“It will be a world in which our standards, our way of living, our values, our way of thinking of our youth are under the threat of these empires.

“So we need to create a strong Europe, a united Europe as a counterweight for that.

“And for that, we also need a new force in the European Union and in this European Union debate.

“A centrist, pro-European force, a little bit away from the old tired parties of the Socialists and the EPP.”

Mr Verhofstadt also stressed on the importance of the Paris Climate agreement arguing “it is necessary for trade deals to include the Paris agreement”.

Asked whether he believes the EU should not agree to a trade deal with the US under that condition, he said “yes”.

EU countries will elect a new batch of MEPs between May 23-26, forming the make-up of the Parliament until 2024.

Mr Verhofstadt’s Open VLD party are only expected to return two seats in the European Parliament, which will put him in a significantly weaker position when negotiating his future role.

According to an EU Parliament sources, the high-ranking MEP will be discarded by Mr Macron as he installs an En Marche candidate as the institution’s liberal leader.

The French President’s party are set to merge with Mr Verhofstadt’s ALDE group in the new Parliament.



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