UNITED STATES OF EUROPE: Greece’s ruling Syriza party calls for FEDERAL eurozone

Nikos Pappas

Greek government minister Nikos Pappas wants stronger European links [GETTY]


SUPPORTING the European Union goes hand in hand with supporting federalism and Brussels should make a stronger push for ever-closer union, Greek government minister Nikos Pappas has declared.

Mr Pappas said proclaiming a pro-EU stance without backing federalism was “meaningless” and amounted to “talking the talk but not walking the walk”.

In an interview with Greek newspaper Avgi, the Minister of Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications and a close ally of prime minister Alexis Tsipras, insisted Europe should strengthen its rhetoric promoting serious integration.

He said: “The European governance model has shown its limits and all the criticism it has been receiving for two decades has proved to be fair.”

And in a thinly-veiled criticism of Greek opposition politicians, Mr Pappas said those joining the ‘We remain in Europe’ movement – which is failing to support radical changes such as a European unemployment allowance, a higher EU budget, a banking union and the strengthening the European Parliament powers – “swim in an ideologically shallow area”.

He told Avgi: “The ‘We remain in Europe’ movement was created in Greece just before the July 2015 referendum to decide if Greece should accept the third bailout conditions.

“Almost all Greek opposition parties joined this movement and campaigned on the platform that a ‘No’ vote in the referendum would mean a ‘Grexit’ from the EU.”

This view was shared by many EU leaders but they changed their minds when the no vote ultimately prevailed.

“Europe is at a crossroads and has two choices: either going far right and turning back to nationalism and the ideology of hatred or moving toward a progressive and left agenda.

“It seems that parts of social democracy have begun to revise the strategic choices they made in the past two decades.”

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