Article By: Mattheus Torgard am Hal Acennan, Staff Writer
Translation By: Kevin Maarvin am Drammen, Linguist
DAIRGHAZBURY - Today, I had the honor of meeting with Eilidh Whiteford and asking her a few questions about her campaign. Here is a transcript of the interview:
EILIDH: Hello Europe it’s my pleasure to talk to you all today. Hendre, ezro^ nike tir ero hyre. And good-day M. Torgard.
MATTHEUS: Thanks for coming!
EILIDH: It's great to be with you today.
MATTHEUS: You plan on creating a new Eurozone. If it were to fall into a bad recession, would non-Euro countries be forced, formally or practically, to bail out the Euro?
EILIDH: Of course not. The countries that sign up to the Euro will be scrutinised more than in the past, and countries deciding to sign up for more economic integration will need to take responsibility for any crashes. Of course, I hope that with new regulations that will not happen, but it will definitely not impact countries who haven’t opted to be a part of the Eurozone.
MATTHEUS: According to European Council records, we have a budget for fiscal year 824-825 (2015-2016). What, in your opinion, does this budget fail to address in terms of the EU's current needs?
EILIDH: Personally, I don’t believe it serves the European people well enough in its present form, and it hasn’t been discussed and edited for 2 years. So, I would like to bring the budget under scrutiny by the European people, and bring discussion into centre-stage about economics because I feel that it, like the FA position, has been ignored. When we ignored the FA post, we had a massive embarrassment which will take a strong team to put right again.
MATTHEUS: What do you think is the right balance between eurofederalism and national sovereignty?
EILIDH: I, of course, reject Eurofederalism in its entirety, and that’s the bottom line of it. It’s not productive to dictate laws from Europolis onto an unwilling public. As a progressive I believe us, as Europeans, should come together to make laws, and make them tailor to the people’s needs. Not the needs of big companies, or the 1% of the richest Europeans.
MATTHEUS: How will the EPA maintain fair and unbiased representation of ordinary Europeans, while accepting 6 and 7 figure campaign donations?
EILIDH: As has been said before, this Commission is not the driver of change in Europe. It is the catalyst of reform. We will encourage discussion, but demand mandate before forcing Bills and the like into law. Therefore, these donations will never swing my, Anja’s, or Eric’s opinions or actions. The donations offered are not all vetted and some will not be accepted due to conflicts of interest involved, and any asking for specialist treatment will be barred.
MATTHEUS: Duxburian electors often complain about being ignored by the European Commission. The Duxburian Union pays the highest national contribution to the EU out of all member states, at times representing 15% of its entire budget. Yet, no Premier has ever visited the country. Would you be the first?
EILIDH: I would love to go on an official visit to the Duxburian Union. The reason I didn’t go on many visits as Premier, is an ancient Nicoleizian principle called “phrimeljausu”. This means that one must be invited before entering another’s home, or nation. But I wholeheartedly agree that the Commission should play a more active role in our constituent nations’ lives. Spurring conversation, and getting Europeans involved in our democratic system is what I believe is paramount to our success as a Commission and I recognise the contribution the Duxburian Union has made, financially, culturally and linguistically.
MATTHEUS: That wraps up the interview, thanks and good luck!
EILIDH: Thanks for the opportunity!
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