Eastern Europe DESTROYS EU integration plan: Nations SPLIT ‘will lead to EU BREAK UP’

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

EASTERN European Union members are deeply divided on plans for closer integration and claim they could even lead to the bloc breaking up.

Tue, Oct 10, 2017

In his state of the union speech last month, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker set out plans to make membership of the Euro currency compulsory.

And French President Emmanuel Macron also laid out a vision for tighter integration, with a shared budget and defence force.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has even warned Mr Macron’s plan for a so-called multi-speed Europe could lead to the break-up of the EU.

And Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki, of the country’s ruling Law and Justice party, hit out at the idea to force nations to join the eurozone, telling Politico: “The eurozone is an idea for wealthy countries.

“Poland is still one of the seven poorest countries in the EU in terms of GDP per capita.

“Therefore, we do not intend to go to the eurozone in the foreseeable future.”

But elsewhere in eastern Europe, where the union’s newest member states are located, nations are split on the issues.

While Slovakia is broadly in favour and the Czech Republic is open to the reforms, Hungary joins Poland in fighting ever closer integration.

In Hungary, the country is split on whether to join the single currency, with the government keen to keep control of fiscal policy.

György Schöpflin, an MEP for the ruling Fidesz party, said: “The Hungarian government takes the view that integration can and should take place when and where it is useful.

“But it is not in favour of integration for its own sake. Equally, and Hungary is not alone in this, the government is uneasy with new exclusions in the EU.”

Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, meanwhile, back joining the eurozone and becoming part of Schengen.

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