Rina Ronja Kari took the floor during a debate on globalisation in the EU parliament to criticise the bloc for “crushing” rights.
The Danish MEP, of the People’s Movement against the European Union, said: “We have groups of people that have truly lost on crucial points.
“They have lost their jobs, they have lost their ability to provide for their families, and they have lost faith in a better future. That doesn’t mean globalisation in itself is a bad thing.
“But it means, that we must shape it far better than we currently are. And I must say, the EU’s economic politics have contributed in pulling it the wrong way.”
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Rina Ronja Kari accused the EU of destroying Europeans’ belief in a better future
Ms Kari told Brussels politicians their role was to strengthen their member states and bolster the economy by creating more jobs – not demand countries implement cutting measures.
She said: “We should strengthen the trade unions. We should not crush their right to negotiate, as we did in Greece.
“We should strengthen social security not degrade it, which the EU have demanded through its recommendations to a number of countries.
“We should create new workplaces by investing, and not by reducing and reducing, as fiscal pact demands.
We should not crush their right to negotiate, as we did in Greece
Rina Ronja Kari
“When citizens lose faith in a better future, we should take it very seriously.”
While Ms Kari criticised the EU for crushing Greece’s ability to negotiate, Nigel Farage on Wednesday warned the bloc it would never do the same thing to Britain.
Attacking the bloc for its threats against the UK, he said: “We can spend two years with this farce, there is a big, big world out there and I am beginning to think that perhaps Mr [Yanis] Varoufakis is right when he says about negotiating with the EU it is a technocracy that is desperately clinging onto its own exorbitant and illegitimate power.
“You may have crushed Greek democracy two years ago, you ain’t gonna do it to us.”
The former Ukip leader also ridiculed Jean-Claude Juncker for claiming the English language was becoming obsolete on the continent, the Brexiteer continued: “And to add insult to injury you say the food wasn’t actually very good either and then a few days later, in a display of extreme petulance you even degrade the national language of the host.
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“Which by the way is looking a big silly because last Saturday’s extravaganza, known as the Eurovision song contest, saw 90 per cent of the songs sung in English.
“Now if you were the host and you’d been treated like that by somebody that you thought was important and somebody you thought you could trust I think you’d be asking yourself were you dealing with a reasonable person.”
And as the Brexiteer accused Mr Juncker of being “bloody rude” he was rewarded with a stern glare from the EU boss.
Mr Farage continued: “Now I don’t know Mr Juncker, whether this is how you carry on in Luxembourg, I doubt it, because in any other part of the civilised world frankly that behaviour would be considered to be bloody rude and the act of a bully.”