EU civil war: Brussels chief in major swipe at colleague over COVID19 rescue plan ‘Cheap!’

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Ska Keller insisted the European Union Parliament had received much public support for plans of a widespread recovery fund to help members worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic recover. Ms Keller took issue with fellow EU party chair Manfred Weber after he attempted to convince richer countries to agree to the plan without complaints after months of clashes. The co-leader of the European Greens said: “In this Parliament, the broad majority has shown a way forward, with a substantial recovery fund, a strong MFF, a strong budget and a Green Deal that helps the economy while addressing the climate crisis. And the biodiversity crisis.

“And I’m glad to say that Greens all over Europe are actually supporting that.

“I’m afraid Mr Weber, it’s a bit cheap to hide behind the grains when we actually have strong support for our position and the position of the Parliament.

“Maybe it’s rather your best friend in Vienna, who is causing the problem, but I’m glad to see you are trying to convince them and I’m glad we can join forces there.”

Austria opposed proposals for a vast recovery fund alongside Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands – the so-called Frugal Four – despite warnings that lack of cooperation could cause the EU to collapse.

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