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Annotated captions of Who are you Mr President? Nigel Farage asks Van Rompuy in English

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European Parliament, Brussels, 24 February 2010

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Nigel Farage MEP (UKIP), President of the EFD Group

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Debate: EU 2020 -- Follow-up of the informal European Council of 2010

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We were told that, when we had a President, we'd see a giant global political figure:

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the man that would be the political leader for five hundred million people;

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the man that would represent all of us on the world stage;

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the man whose job was so important that of course you're paid more than President Obama.

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Well, I'm afraid what we got was you.

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And I am sorry, but after that performance earlier that you gave…

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And I don't want to be rude, but... but you know,

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really, you have the charisma of a damp rag

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and the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk.

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And the question that I wanna ask...

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...the question that I wanna ask... that we're all gonna ask is:

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who are you?

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I've never heard of you;

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nobody in Europe had ever heard of you.

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I would like to ask you, President:

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who voted for you?

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And what mechanism?

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I know democracy is not popular with you lot.

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What mechanism do the peoples of Europe have to remove you?

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Is this European democracy?

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Well I... I sense... I sense, though, that you're competent and capable and dangerous,

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and I have no doubt that it's your intention

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to be the quiet assassin of European democracy

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and of the European nation states.

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You appear to have a loathing

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for the very concept of the existence of nation states;

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perhaps that's because you come from Belgium,

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which of course is pretty much a non-country.

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But since you took over,

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we've seen Greece reduced to nothing more than a protectorate.

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Sir, you have no legitimacy in this job at all,

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and I can say with confidence

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that I can speak on behalf of the majority of the British people in saying:

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we don't know you, we don't want you,

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and the sooner you're put out to grass, the better.

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Buzek: Well, as you said, Mr President, you wouldn't like to be rude

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and I... well... I prefer to... to... to... to go ahead with the statement.

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Martin Schulz, President of the 'Socialists & Democrats' group

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I'm very disappointed with you, President Buzek.

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It is not acceptable that in this Parliament

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a group chairman not only criticise a President of the Council

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but calls him a wet rag.

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And I expect you, President, to call this person to order.

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It is not right that this man should be able to trample over dignity of this House

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and, Joseph Daul, it's not just a case of allowing the UK lo leave the EU

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it'd be better for Mr Farage to resign

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if the European Union and the European Parliament are such bad things in his eyes!

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Thank you, President.

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Just as I have said to President Farage previously, two months ago,

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and today I repeat this.

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This type of addresses which are character assassinations of individuals

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are inadmittable in the European Parliament and

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I spoke to Mr Farage about it and I pointed his attention to it.

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Mr Schulz, I'd like to say that this is how I work and that's my way of going about it.

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Is it personal statement?

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The floor is yours.

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You may not like what I say, but just consider your behaviour.

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You, after the Irish people in a referendum voted ‘no’, said that

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our group had opened, by supporting the ‘no’ vote, that we opened the door to fascism;

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you said that we had behaved as a group in the Parliament

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like Hitler and the Nazis in the Reichstag.

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We've been called by Danny Cohn-Bendit mentally weak.

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You know, it has to be... It can't be one way...

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It is not personal statement. Mr President Farage, it is not personal statement.

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I am very sorry, it was not personal statement.

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We must keep order and order regulations of our Parliament.