Heiko Maas calls for 'bilateral' agreement between Russia and UK
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Meanwhile former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib fears the move proves the bloc is for all intents and purposes a “superstate”. Mr Maas threw down the gauntlet earlier this week in remarks widely interpreted as aimed at Hungary, which in April blocked an EU statement criticising China’s new security law in Hong Kong.
He told a conference of Germany’s ambassadors in Berlin: “We can’t let ourselves be held hostage by the people who hobble European foreign policy with their vetoes.
“If you do that then sooner or later you are risking the cohesion of Europe.
“The veto has to go, even if that means we can be outvoted.”
However, Mr Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, was deeply concerned at the wider implications of taking such a decision.
He told Express.co.uk: “It is deeply troubling how Germany attempting to silence some of our key NATO partners like Poland and the Baltic States from having any say on foreign relations.
“When you border Russia there are unique concerns and threats which are far removed from the comfort of Brussels.”
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Mr Kawczynski, a long-term critic of the controversial development, added: “Germany is, on the one hand, undermining NATO security by constructing Nordstream 2 pipeline and on other hand seeking to silence any opposition to this.
“Left unchallenged I worry deeply for the rights of citizens in these Central and Eastern European countries as Germany seeks to monopolise our continent’s diplomacy.”
Mr Habib, who is also deeply concerned at the stated aim of, among others, France’s President Emmanuel Macron to create a European army, said: “This is where it is heading.
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“When we were in the European Parliament we would vote against everything which purported to express EU foreign policy.
“Foreign policy and defence go hand in hand. They should be the preserve of member states.”
He added: “The EU now has a common currency, common monetary policy, common fiscal arrangements in many crucial areas, a central bank, central governance, an army and foreign policy. It is now a superstate.”
Individual countries currently have the power to veto aspects of foreign policy via the European Council, consisting of the leaders of the 27 member states.
Mr Maas received support for his remarks from among others, Miguel Berger, a state secretary in the German foreign ministry, who said on Friday: “Hungary again blocked an EU statement on Hong Kong.
“Three weeks ago, it was on the Middle East.
“We need a serious debate on qualified majority voting.”
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, responding to Mr Maas’s remarks, said: “The European left – led by the German left – is once again attacking Hungary in a contemptible manner. This time it is for our country’s refusal to sign a politically inconsequential and frivolous joint declaration on Hong Kong.”
Dismissing EU foreign policy as a “laughing stock”, he added: “When eight of our joint declarations have been swept aside, as has happened with China, the ninth will simply be greeted with more mockery.
“We will exercise our rights guaranteed by the European Union’s founding treaties.”
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