The European Union has been slammed for “failing” member states during the coronavirus crisis. On behalf of The Bruges Group, Robert Oulds spoke to Express.co.uk about the reasons the bloc had proved ineffectual in helping the outbreak. The Bruges Group claim that the pandemic has exposed the organisation’s “weaknesses”, which had led to many of their core ideal falling apart.
Mr Oulds told Express.co.uk: “The European Union has been shown to be what Eurosceptics always said it was.
“It’s too slow, too bureaucratic and the nation state should be the most important political institution in political life.
“The drift of power from nation states to the European Union has been to the detriment of Europe as a whole.
“It can’t adapt to changing circumstances and nothing exemplifies this more than the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis that’s caused in Europe.”
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He continued: “It’s been the nation states who are having to take action because only the nation state has the moral, the legal and technical expertise and resources to put in disposal to take action.
“The European Union has been irrelevant. It’s only relevance is that it’s slowed down the process of having a collaborative, connective approach to getting ventilators.
“It’s been too slow, it’s been failing there. The Chief Medical Officer has resigned and they can’t take action.
“The whole European Union ideal has fallen apart. One of the key things about the EU is the free movement of people, unlimited movement.”
The Bruges Group Director added: “Well that idea has gone out the window because European Union member states have unilaterally imposed border controls to try and prevent the disease spreading into their.
“One thing is the European Union’s become irrelevant and it’s also become contrary to one of the key ideals of the EU.
“We can now quite clearly see that it’s a health risk in the time of pandemics. It’s ideal has fallen apart.”
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Mr Oulds also said: “It hasn’t done anything that’s productive in the crisis.
“The European Union often talks about solidarity and having solidarity between the different nations.
“What that actually means in reality is, as the COVID-19 crisis has shown, they don’t mean that larger nations like Germany help out countries hit by crises like Greece.
“What is means is that these countries must do as they say in a German-led European Union that doesn’t want to take on the debts of other countries.
“We have seen absolutely no solidarity given by wealthier countries who haven’t been hit badly by the crisis. They’ve given zero support to Italy.”
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