According to reports, Laura Huhtasaari, a Finnish MEP, vowed to tear down the EU with other “patriotic” parties in the European Parliament.
Weeks ago, Sixteen top Eurosceptic populist parties, some of who are in government, united together with one aim: to change the EU’s political direction.
The following parties signed the declaration of action: Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister, Fidesz, Poland, Law and Justice, Finland, Finland’s Finns Party and France’s National Rally led by Marine Le Pen. Spain’s Vox, Italy’s League and Brothers of Italy, led by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni and Austria’s Freedom Party.
Signatories came from diverse political backgrounds that often have had differences and are now working together to a common goal.
Though some people said that this club of parties would be a step towards forming one group, officials and MEPs told POLITICO that a single European Parliament group wasn’t on the cards.
The Eurosceptics wrote: “The EU is becoming more and more a tool of radical forces that would like to carry out a cultural, religious transformation and ultimately a nationless construction of Europe, aiming to create … a European Superstate.”
“European nations should be based on tradition, respect for the culture and history of European states, respect for Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage and the common values that unite our nations.”
“We reaffirm our belief that family is the basic unit of our nations. In a time when Europe is facing a serious demographic crisis with low birth rates and ageing population, pro-family policymaking should be an answer instead of mass immigration.”
The group went on calling for the EU to be reformed with “a set of inviolable competencies of the European Union’s member states, and an appropriate mechanism for their protection with the participation of national constitutional courts or equivalent bodies.”
Politicians in Europe have tried to reform the European club for many years by working together in a cross-party group.
Laura Huhtasaari (Finnish MEP) represented the Eurosceptic Finns party at the assembly in 2018. She claimed that “patriotic parties” must “unite” and come together, “tearing the EU apart”.
She stated, “It’s all about greed, power and money.
“Finland and the EU are weak on crime, weak on borders, weak on protecting nation-states.
“They [mainstream politicians] just let this happen, and it’s terrible… I want my country back.”
Ms Huhtasaari added: “It’s payback time.
“We have to unite with the patriotic parties so we can start tearing the EU apart.”
In fact, Finland nearly dissolved the EU’s recovery funds plans earlier this year.
The recovery fund was approved by EU governments last year to assist member states to recover from the economic damages caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
To allow the plan to proceed, however, all countries must ratify the decision to increase the maximum national contribution to the EU budget.
At the end of April, the Constitutional Committee in Finland’s parliament announced that two-thirds must support EU legal changes.
As fifty members of parliament, including the 38 eurosceptic Finns Party representatives, declared they would vote against the plan, it immediately became unclear whether a majority could be reached.
However, despite weeks of delays, many opposition lawmakers voted with the government and gave it the supermajority required to approve the deal.