13:00 - CRISIS: DAUL (EU PARLIAMENT), STATES SHOULD ADOPT COMMUNITY METHOD
(Sir Europe - Strasbourg) - My question for all European Member States is the following: are we prepared to work together politically or do we want our choices to be dictated to us by the financial markets?: Joseph Daul, leader of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, called on the 27 Member States to define a common strategy against the crisis. The European Parliament is dealing with the most pressing issues concerning Greece and the elections on 17 June, Spain and the €100 billion bailout granted by the EU, and the role of the ECB. In the run-up to the Summit of the EU heads of state and government later this month, Daul added: It is clear that no European country can, on its own, cope with global challenges, whether they are economic, social, demographic, military or political. Yet national leaders are more concerned with national interests and they only turn to Europe in case of need. States should make a choice, the choice of a stronger political integration via the community method. Then he put an indirect question to national leaders about economic and financial issues: Can you still pretend to exercise that national sovereignty you no longer have?. Then a remark on the functioning of the EU: the President of the European Parliament should have his place in the European Council.