from Express UK
Gianni Pitella, leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, claimed the attack’s on the Belgian capital’s metro system and airport showed the need for even closer integration of the 28 member nations of the bloc.
He also called for a “European Intelligence Agency” (subordinate sister agency to the CIA) to be set up to strengthen the EU’s defenses against extremists.
Critics warned that his outburst laid bare the ambitions for an European super-state held by many EU supporters and highlighted the long-term dangers of Britain staying tied to Brussels.
Mr Pitella’s remarks came in an interview with the EU news website Euractiv.
He said: “Paradoxically, the terrorism threat and the migration crisis could turn out to be an opportunity to finally turn Europe into a fully political Union.
“The sooner we realise that we all need greater European integration, the better we will be able to protect citizens’ security and freedom,” said the politician, whose Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats is the second biggest political grouping in the European Parliament.”In front of tragedies such as those that took place in Paris and Brussels, European leaders should put aside their national selfishness and be ready to think and act differently.”
Mr Pitella said that EU leaders “must deliver a European Intelligence Agency” to improve cooperation between European spy networks in the fight against extremism.
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