EU: Jonathan Fryer warns people ‘are going to be fed up’
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Political commentator Jonathan Fryer joined former MP George Galloway to discuss growing disillusionment within members states with the governing institutions of the European Union. Mr Fryers said that ordinary people across the continent are becoming “fed up” with what they view as an unaccountable system, a democratic crisis that threatens to tear the bloc apart. He insisted that Brussels had to make the principle of subsidiarity work if it was to have a future.
The Lib Dem politician told Mr Gallaoway on Narcissi LTD: “It really is essential for the EU if it is going to have any future at all, it makes subsidiary work.
“Because otherwise the ‘demos’ that is being referred to, the ordinary people, are going to be fed up with decisions that are taken far away from them and often not with real consultation.
“But if the system is changed then that could be different,” he added.
Mr Fryer also gave his analysis on the plans of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel‘s successor to steer the direction of the bloc.
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Mr Fryer said: “Of course, Angela Merkel, who has been the sort of mother of Europe for the last decade and a half is going to seise being Chancellor of Germany beginning of next year.
“We now know who her successor will be, a fairly centrist figure who will keep more or less the same sort of policies.
“I think we will see France and Germany asserting themselves as the lead motors in the European Union.
“But we have to bear in mind that there are countries who are, shall we say, being difficult.”
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“Hungary, Poland for example. Potentially Italy perhaps, but certainly Hungary and Poland who are challenging some of the basic tenants of the European Union,” he continued.
“So I think it is going to take several years before the EU is really able to assert itself.
“Least of all, able to assert itself on common foreign and security policy,
“Which has been a long-dreamed-of goal but is far from being achieved as yet.”
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Mr Galloway asked: “Will German and French policy always be in line?”
Mr Fryer replied: “I don’t think they will, no, largely because French foreign policy is increasingly assertive in large parts of Africa and other parts of the world.
“It is veering away from the German approach which is much more neutral.
“They do not get indirectly involved in situations.
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