EUROPE– POLITICAL UNION – 16 February 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: Surely the Foreign Secretary cannot pick and mix the bits that he likes and the bits that he does not like from the German Foreign Minister's comments? Is it not a fact that the German Foreign Minister [Joschka Fischer] – a man elected to that position on less than 7 percent of the popular vote, achieved by his party under proportional representation – has said time and again that he envisages the European Union serving the purpose of political union? Why does the Foreign Secretary not disown that statement if he does not believe it?