I got a press release today from the EPP-ED Group of the European Parliament. In it they inform me of an event to launch their new tag-line. The tag-line is “Europe’s Driving Force” (now you see why the UK Conservatives left them).
So what gives them the idea that they are Europe’s driving force? Well they are the biggest political group in the European Parliament. Which means if the EPP-ED Group support something, it should be passed easier by the European Parliament, but that isn’t always the way.
They say they play a key role in the current commission. Again this is true as thereare eight EPP Commissioners in the current European Commission, including the Commission President, José Manuel Barroso. The PES have six Commissioners, but the ALDE also have eight commissioners giving them a near equal claim to that phrase. The other EPP Commissioners are:
They say that EPP-ED member parties are in Government in “most” EU Member States. The EPP-ED have member parties in Government in 14 out of the 27 Member states. That is just over half of the member states. So does “most” cover that?
The EPP-ED claim that the “founding fathers of Europe belonged to the EPP-ED family”, this is something I had to check out. I looked at Europa Website which gave me a list of eight founding fathers of Europe.
So five out of the eight did belong to the EPP-ED Family, again just over half. So therefore this statement isn’t true.
So I don’t think the EPP-ED are “undoubtedly Europe’s driving force”, do you?