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French Greens seek greater role for EP in crisis

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The eurozone’s problems are having a big impact on domestic politics in many member states. In France the Greens have made it a top priority in their campaign for the forthcoming presidential election. At a conference in Paris the party outlined to euronews its concerns about Brussels‘ approach to the euro crisis.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the European Greens group in the European Parliament said: “In reality there’s no proposal that says ‘we’ve put in place a real budget of 100 billion euros to restart the economy in the different European countries’.  In other words, they’d like to create growth without investing any money. It’s like saying I’d like to win a race without running in it. ”
Our Paris correspondent, Giani Magi, asked: “The Greens are critical of the governmental model under which European Affairs are run. What should replace this model?”
Cohn-Bendit replied: “We need to have a community-based method that would be more responsible in budgetary terms. Today the European parliament is seeking responsibility as much as economic stimulus. We have to go through that and then you will have majorities, you will responsible policies.“ 
Giani Magi: “What do you think of the Sarkozy-Merkel leadership?“    
Cohn Bendit: “It’s not working! It’s not working! That’s what’s terrible. It’s a leadership that discredits itself with every proposal.“