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As the Greek voters go to the polls, we've come to the European


Parliament in Strasbourg to see if the East of England can weather a


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euro-zone storm. And how we're Welcome to Sunday Politics for the


East. This is the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Coming up,


prayers were friends and families as the Greek community in the East


comes together to offer support and help to their compatriots.


So we have come to Europe, where with Greece holding fresh elections,


the future of the euro-zone hangs in the balance. The question is,


what will this mean for us? We can ask their guests. We have a


conservative MEP and the Labour MP. You were the Conservative Nicolas


80 on a package of EU banking reforms. -- Conservative negotiator.


What does this mean? This is bringing strong roles for banks,


globally and internationally, so that banks should have enough


liquidity not to go bust. We won strong international rules, because


we know that bank failure in one place can be important for the UK's.


And we want to make sure the UK can go further. We want stronger rules


for our banks. We do not want rules to prevent that. And coming up now,


with the euro-zone talking about banking union, we do not want banks


supervised by Brussels, that is like handing the keys to the Bank


of England to Brussels. Can we prevent bail-outs in the future?


are in a probably worst recession since the 1930s. -- than the 1930s.


None of us can be absolutely certain about things. George


Osborne is blaming the British recession on the euro-zone when we


all know that imports, exports rather, have gone up. That has


diminished the time that Britain has gone into recession. This is a


recession made in Downing Street, not Europe, an important message.


Thank you for now. You are not alone in contributing to the debate.


Many of our MPs have penned publications of every kind with


opinions on what is the best way forward now.


The euro-zone, the European Union, the wider European Community, where


should we be? The future of the relationship with Europe is the


subject of much debate and many parliamentarians are having their


say. We should be negotiating to repatriate much of the structural


fund money that currently Britain pays over to the EU, 9 billion of


which over seven years the EU then decides to give back to Britain,


which is completely bonkers. 4 billion of which gets recycled


around wealthier EU member cities. Reforming the relationship with


Europe is the fresh that this woman hopes will be the basis of a White


Paper adopted by the Government by Christmas. The Nikkei was using


effectively out of the EU -- moving out of the EU is something else.


you look at the balance of payments situation, the deficit with EU, 16


billion surplus with the rest of the wild. Bearing in mind all her


mac attention has been drawn towards Europe, we really have a


great opportunity out there to return to global trading routes.


the euro-zone did collapse, one MPs argues for some upsides.


project we kept clear of, quite rightly, the euro, is imploding in


front of us. We have to be prepared for the fall-out. There could be a


lot more dodgy water for the UK, but an opportunity, money fleeing


the Continent to us. We can put it in stuff that builds up for the UK.


And the structure for broadband, roads and so on. There are those


who have maintained a federal Europe with us filly in the circle


is the only way forward. The last few months have proven that. If we


are not able to take decisive steps to a more federal, more integrated


structure, then the whole thing will fall apart. Wife -- we are


familiar with a happy medium. But what the future of the European


project in doubt, this could be a defining moment when serious


decisions have to be made about exactly where we want to be in the


future. Let us start with where you see us


in the future. The euro-zone, the European Union or the wider


European Committee? Where will we stand? Clearly, there is a lot


changing within the euro-zone because of this crisis. What used


to be just the European Union, they are now talking about this though


union, banking union, and in the UK, we cannot get involved with that.


We are not in the euro. We cannot be finding a bail-out of that. The


question is, how do you hold on to the common single market? And keep


the UK and our businesses and jobs that rely on that European trade


involved in the single market. That is the discussion that I think is


growing all the time. That is when we look at proposals like this we


have to have some very clear out lines. The same question to you?


sorry for the Conservative member - - the conservative MEP, trying to


make this work, when they are completely undermined by colleagues.


The idea that Britain should leave the European Union, which is in


essence what they are wanting, would be hugely damaging to


business and jobs. And the fact that is the deficit, that means the


best of Europe is subsidising high standards in Britain. -- the rest


of Europe. We decide, British MEP, British can ministers -- British


commissioners and ministers decide this. I am proud of the money


coming to the East of England, two women projects, Disabled People's


Project, and young people getting back into work. That is a good


thing. What about the argument that we could benefit from money


flooding out of Europe? Should there be a collapse in the euro-


zone? The UK already is benefiting from investment. Investment has


increased as the euro-zone has become more troubled. How long that


stays, and there is an issue with a lot of jobs related to trade in


Europe. I think you are over simplifying it. The vast majority


of people in the UK think the European federalising Asian has


gone too far. They would like to hold on to single market links. --


European federal project has gone too far. People do not want things


to go any farther. Whilst I agree there has been some good projects


in the East of England, it is an expensive way to spend taxpayers'


money. What about the fact that this new money could find new


infrastructure for the East? Badly needed better broadband, one


example? What about railway links. We know the links across the region


at a polling compared with those in London. And environmental projects,


including the coastline, birdlife and others restored and enhanced.


Look at the money that goes into small businesses and to new


business -- sups through enterprise funds. -- Business starting through


enterprise buns. That is us at the table coming to the decisions.


Thank you for the moment. If Greece does exit the euro-zone,


what will it be like for the people? That is the concern from


many from our region with friends and family back home in Greece. We


have been looking at how the community at home is lending a


long-distance helping hand. The Greek community is praying very


hard at the moment. Nearly everyone here at this ceremony in Southend


has family backing police living through hard times. My sister is a


teacher. Her salary was cut by 40%. Her mortgage is similar. They have


to take emergency tax every month. We have heard stories of people


committing suicide because they do not have enough money. One relative


has had her telephone removed, then her electricity. She has no money,


waiting for money from relatives. There is also a sizable Greek


community in Northampton, where many of them listen to this local


radio station. The Greek crisis often is a topic of conversation.


think it is mainly the politicians of the beasts that have not done a


good job. The people voted them in, and the politicians did not live up


to the people's expectations. -- politicians of Greece. Rhys has


been at the centre of the storm, austerity Harting. -- Greece has


been. Many people have been laid off pending the results of the


elections. This woman is a lecturer at University of East Anglia. Her


parents have seen their pensions cut by 20%, her brother-in-law


retired early last year and are still waiting for his. The people


who are paying for this mess other people who have always paid their


taxes and worked very hard. This is the injustice. What particularly


worries fire is how well extreme right Golden Dawn party did in last


month's elections. She fears austerity is driving people to


support extremism. This is brightening. -- brightening. Greece


fought against fascism and dictatorship. To have this is very


disheartening. -- this is frightening. This woman stays in


regular touch with her family. This teacher from Athens Telstar like


this and nightmare, prices keep going up. -- says that this is a


nightmare. Feeling that you are the reason why the whole economic


system of the whole community, the European Germany, is -- the


European Committee, is down to you. It is heavy to Barden. I do not


think this has happened any time in history of Greeks being made feel


so responsible for so many other country's difficulties. You think


the Greeks are being unfairly picked on? Definitely. Back in


Southend, two elections. These That uncertain and worrying times. --


two collections. People are hoping for stability and the way forward.


We are joined by two more European MPs. -- European MPs. -- MEPs.


Thank you all for joining as that. Some of Greek descent. That puts


you in a unique position. Unique, but difficult, having to explain to


the Germans the Greek situation and to the Greeks why the Germans want


austerity. Not an easy job. How has that been? Having been born in


Germany, I never expected relations between Germany and Greece to go


very close to after Second World War. That is where we at at the


moment. It is difficult to build it up again. But that is my job.


heard in that report one lady saying that she believes the Greeks


are being unfairly picked on. Do you believe -- you agree? This is


the general feeling in and two. Greece had a very harsh your last


year. -- general feeling in Greece. There are fears about the future.


It is not just austerity, but a unique crisis of confidence, now


moving all around Europe. The Greek economy cannot move, it is dropping


like a rock, because no one knows what will happen next, so there is


no investment and no real a new economic activity. How concerned


are you by the rise of the right in these elections? The rise of the


extreme left and right is extremely concerning. What you have been


Greece is at governance problem. People proposing things that are


not close to reality, so far away from reality that it is like no


political discussion. And those that are keeping their senses are,


I am upgrade, not always in the majority. We will see what will


happen in the election. Out fire is the German electorate prepared to


go to support Greece? -- how far. It is not that the bail-out would


be paid. The reality is that no politician tells them that Germany


has made some 45 billion only because of interest rates. There is


a very good thing in the crisis for the Germans, politicians have to be


authentic, telling the electorate that the Greek politicians do not


always tell the truth. We have a big misunderstanding in Europe. We


should be more open and true to each other. What do you say to


politicians, the belief that politicians have failed? It is the


political system that has not succeeded. We have those elected


that have big responsibilities and those that have smaller


responsibilities. Voices in that report saying they feel responsible


for pulling down the whole European Community. Some Greek people saying


that. Is it their fault? The Greek Conservatives And New Democracy to


have some responsibility. I have some sympathy for the Greek


community in the East of England. It is great to see Europeans,


Greeks, in our universities, places of work, churchs. And the


contribution we all make to each other. But I feel for the Greek


community. Although there is some political blame, it is true the


suicide rate has gone up 40%. Wages have gone down 50%. Huge increases


in prostitution and sexually transmitted diseases. This is a


society which has been ultimately challenged. It has some


responsibility, but the idea that we should be somehow immune or


disinterested in the fate of an important country in Europe, and


one with a huge history and huge contribution to make, that would be


a mistake. Bringing this back to banking, we have learnt that


several local authorities in the East have money invested in the


euro-zone. For example, Essex County Council has more than �230


million denominated in euros as part of its pension funds. Some of


that in shares, some cash. With your banking background, would you


at the moment put money into European banks? Into the banks on


into the economy of Europe? I do what the economy is going to grow.


Still a lot of can -- there is still concern a lot of the backs up


a lot of problems. This has never have been a question about Greece,


but contagion into other countries, particularly Spain and a downgrade


in France. Thank goodness the UK, through its own programme, has


managed to maintain a strong credit going into the UK. There are still


a lot of problems and this has a long way to run. I think the Greek


people here, acute sympathy, but they have never been offered the


choice. -- huge sympathy. The choice has been to kick them out of


the euro or keep them in. Not to offer them rich rights. It is up to


the Greek people to have that and that is difficult when it is an


election in such a high frenzy. I wish that the electorate was last


year. Thank you, we leave it there. Now it is time for the round up in


60 minutes -- 60 seconds. When you are rushing from A2 B, do


not take the Midland Mainline says the MP campaigning for an upgrade.


Due to under investment, trains cannot walk but there top speed on


any stretch of the track. Moffat and Suffolk MP lobbying to the end


of a bottleneck. -- Norfolk. This will have a big boost to the East


Anglian economy and especially in places in my constituency.


Majesty the Queen continued her Diamond Jubilee tour in our region,


hosting at adding party at Sandringham. -- hosting a garden


party. Adrian Ramsay decided not to stand as leader of the Green Party.


And taking us by surprise, Anglian Water with the dog hosepipe ban


after what has been dubbed it the wettest drought on record. --


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