Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Catalan Separatists Protest EU Parliament over Barred Elected MEPs

Farage’s Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs on EU anthem during parliament opening ceremony Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs on Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in protest against EU
Patty Aguilar | 03 July, 2019, 13:32

Musicians performed the European anthem during the Parliament's opening ceremony - but Nigel Farage's party orchestrated a dramatic move of defiance.

The surprise choice of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker followed days of hard negotiations that saw the main front-runners rejected. He mentioned this took place after the opening of the European Parliament outside the Plenary Chamber which suggests he was able to enter the building (the Chamber is set within the main EP building in Strasbourg).

MEPs will have the final say in the EU's top four jobs, as all nominees must be confirmed by the European Parliament.

Musicians performing the unofficial anthem - which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1972 and later by the European Union - included an opera singer and a quartet, but their audience quickly became distracted as Nigel Farage's party of 26 MEPs carried out the protest.

"I am a party member, I am an EPP politician and that is why I am also loyal to this package", Weber said.

Weber said the EPP would back any candidate that the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) party may now put forward to become president of the European Parliament.

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Italian former journalist David Sassoli topped the first ballot with 325 votes.

Belgian liberal Prime Minister Charles Michel has been chosen to replace European Council President Donald Tusk.

Christine Lagarde, the French current head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been nominated as the first woman to lead the European Central Bank (ECB).

And other parallels have also been drawn on social media too. A Catalan economist, he held the post of European Parliament president from 2004-2007. A candidate must obtain an absolute majority of votes cast (50 percent plus one) to be elected for the next two-and-a-half-year term.

Nigel Farage tweeted an image of his party's protest, saying: "The Brexit Party has already made its presence felt".

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