Udo Bullman, the head of the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, on Tuesday drew a clear line between the S&D and the European Peoples’ Party (EPPA), while noting that austerity was a policy “of the right-wing EPP, not ours”.
Addressing the European Parliament and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras after the Greek premier’s address, Bullman agreed that “as you pointed out in your wonderful speech we need a new vision and new targets. A common vision for Europe” and proposed “each one of us change our country”.
“It is not acceptable that the rich and wealthy should not pay taxes and that Europe should be ruled by a greedy elite,” said Bullman.
Referring to the Prespes Agreement, he said: “I praise your agreement with Zaev. We will support you because you are an example for all Europe,” and urged the Greek premier to continue the reforms for a fair society.
Quoting the examples of Portugal and Spain, Bullman referred to the Mediterranean that has a huge heritage and a huge future in a common central plan for growth. “We must work out a central plan for the Mediterranean and request the EU’s support,” he said.