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EU unity activist says parliament member is closed minded

By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.

Editor & Publisher

BRUSSELS, Feb. 21, 2014, 8 p.m. - A leader of a movement for a United States of Europe says that a member of the European Parliament who opposes his group is closed minded.

Richard Laub, a co-founder of Stand Up for US of Europe, told Redding News Review that Morten Messerschmidt, a Danish member of the European Parliament, does not want to share his country's "success."

"'Lets put the borders up again, lets chase the immigrants, lets put barriers up again to protect ourselves,'" Laub said of people who share Messerschmidt's view.

"We all know where that is headed," he said.

Messerschmidt has criticized Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission, who told Cambridge University's law faculty: "There is a strong case for a true fiscal and ultimately political union. In my personal view, the eurozone should become the United States of Europe. Like Winston Churchill, I believe that the UK will not be part of this, but it should remain a close ally with the federated eurozone, with which it would continue to share a common market, a common trade policy and hopefully a common security agenda."

Messerschmidt has said that those views contradict "with the people of Europe." He also said he is for wider checks on power on the unelected members of the European Commission.

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Still, Laub said the group plans to participate in upcoming elections in May.




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