EU crisis talks after populist parties claim big victories27/05/2014 14:19
Europe's leaders are to hold crisis talks tonight on the future of the European Union after stunning victories by populist parties on the far-Right and Left in pan-Europe elections.
At a Brussels summit dinner David Cameron will demand urgent change to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to give powers back to national governments, a task he set as a “real test” for the Government ahead of next year’s general election.
“The results show a very clear message, which is people are deeply disillusioned with the EU, with the way that it’s working, with the way that it’s working for Britain, and they want change,” the Prime Minister said. “The challenge is now for my party to demonstrate that we have the plan to deliver that change: to renegotiate Britain’s place in Europe; to get a better deal for Britain; to change Europe.”
Urgent reform of the EU, a potentially risky turn away from cuts to unpopular austerity in the eurozone and new rules to reduce alleged benefit tourism by people from poor East European member states will top a five-year programme aimed at wooing voters.