During Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ speech in the European Parliament Wednesday morning (8 July), MEPs were divided between showing support for the Greek ‘No’ vote and criticising the controversial premier.
Some pro-No MEPs draped Greek flags over their chairs. ‘Oxi’ signs dotted the room.
But not everyone from the ‘Yes’ camp was ready to put the referendum behind them.
Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan (EPP) tweeted that he’d spotted European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker walk up to UKIP MEP Nigel Farage and snatch the Oxi sign from his desk.
— Siegfried Muresan (@SMuresan) July 8, 2015
Judging from the picture another Twitter user posted of Juncker’s theft (see above), Farage wasn’t all that upset about it.
Muresan’s cheering on of the audacious Juncker shows he thinks populist MEPs support the Greek No vote.
That tweet got him some backlash: another Twitter user challenged Muresan for calling the referendum result populist.
Heard in Europe
@SMuresan Believing in democracy is now populist is it? God you are unbelievable. What kind of clowns are over there!
— Father Fluffy Bottom (@Diarmaid_Twomey) July 8, 2015