Estonian MEP Jaak Madison accused Angela Merkel of being selective with Germany’s solidarity over the years as the EU Parliament debated the recovery of the bloc following the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Madison furiously said he doesn’t want a Europe that changes its policies based on what is most beneficial for Germany. He insisted Ms Merkel is ignoring partners’ interests in the EU.
Speaking in the EU Parliament, Mr Madison said: “I listened to your speech very intentively. You stressed unity and solidarity.
“How can I understand that when Germany has often specified that solidarity is selective?
“You would like to get a favourable price for gas but you are ignoring the partners’ interests about the energy sector in the EU.
“How can you speak about solidarity when today many EU farmers get two-thirds of the support because Germany is against this farmers’ support because we don’t want to lose a part of the single market.
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“Does solidarity mean for you when Germany controls migration on frontiers and if a problem becomes too big you just introduce quotas?
“I don’t want this kind of Europe.”
Ms Merkel on Wednesday laid out a vision of greater unity and democracy to ensure the European Union emerges stronger from the coronavirus crisis, which she called its biggest challenge.
She told the European Parliament in Brussels that her priorities during Germany’s six-month presidency of the European Council, which began on July 1, include shoring up fundamental rights that the health emergency has threatened.
It comes as she warned the EU must prepare for a no deal Brexit.
The two elements are among the points that have blocked an agreement so far in talks between the world’s largest trading bloc and its fifth-biggest economy. Should no deal emerge, major trade and travel disruptions would ensue.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a call with Merkel on Tuesday evening that Britain would leave the transition period at the end of the year “on Australia terms” if no better deal was agreed.
Australia does not have a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU. Much of EU-Australia trade follows default World Trade Organisation rules, though specific agreements are in place for certain goods.