Stand up to Germany! MP says stop Merkel or face a ‘UNITED STATES OF EUROPE’
BRITAIN needs to stand up to Germany to prevent a “United States of Europe” after Brexit, outspoken Eurosceptic MP Daniel Kawczynski has said.
Mr Kawczynski – who told Express.co.uk earlier this month of his fury after discovering that Britain waived its rights to World War II reparations in 1990 – renewed his criticism in a blog written for right-wing think tank the Bruges Group.
The Conservative MP for Shrewsbury took aim at Berlin’s failure to meet spending targets on NATO, blasted Germany as selfish and accused the nation of increasing tensions between eastern and western Europe by the way the migrant situation was handled.
Outspoken Mr Kawczynski said: ”Despite running a balanced budget for the last five years, Germany has failed to meet the two percent defence spending that NATO insists upon.
“In 2017 Germany managed a mere 1.19 percent, less than 15 other countries including Romania, Albania and Croatia.
“This is a tenth-rate effort by Germany who, as the most populous country in the EU and the 5th largest economy in the world should not only be meeting its NATO two per cent target but helping smaller nations to meet their targets as well.
“Germany's reluctance to commit to NATO and push for an EU army is a threat to NATO's dominance and stability.”
Mr Kawczynski also criticised Germany’s decision to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia, which bypasses central and eastern Europe.
He said: “This could have been a perfect opportunity to help economically benefit numerous countries in Eastern Europe as well as Germany and build better diplomatic relationships between East and West Europe – a type of 'Peace through purses' method.
“Instead Germany made an economically selfish decision which has only exacerbated relations between East and West Europe and was rightly criticised by many countries in Central and Eastern Europe and by President Trump's administration.”
Mr Kawczynski also criticised what he termed Germany’s “mismanagement of the migrant crisis”, which he said had “exacerbated the already fraught relationships between East and West Europe”.
He said: “Notably the EU offered Turkey a £4.7bn to assist them in dealing with the migrant crisis before underpaying them.
“The EU, under German instruction, then accepted Syrian refugees and then attempted to force quotas on other European countries, again straining already damaged relationships.”
The MP also blasted German leader Angela Merkel for “intransigence” in the face of Brexit.
He said: “Rather than trying to understand Britain's reasons for leaving and amending the EU accordingly, she has instead decided to batten down the hatches and push for an ever closer Union as quickly as possible.
“To those who claim that 'ever closer union' is not an end goal of the EU, simply look at the speech given by would-be German Chancellor Martin Schultz at the SPD's party conference in Berlin that called for the creation of a ‘United States of Europe’ by 2025.
“As we leave the EU we will be at the forefront of a new liberal free trade renaissance and we should use this newfound independence and freedom to push back against German dominance in the continent.”