In robust exchanges between Europa Union and New Europeans, claim and counter claim have fuelled speculation that the River Rhine could be diverted and the seat of the European Parliament moved to Hamburg.
The dispute began when Peter Wahl, Chair of Europa Union NRW revealed that conversations had taken place between heads of member states in the margins of the European Council meeting on 21 March.
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Commenting on what he had heard, Peter Wahl, Chair of Europa Union NRW said:
"EU leaders have decided to end the travelling circus of moving the European Parliament between Brussels and Strasbourg. They are conisdering our proposal to move the European Parliament to a new home - the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg."
The prospect of moving the European Parliament from Brussels and Strasbourg to Hamburg drew an immediate response from Mark Depew, Chair of New Europeans, Lower Rhine:
"Peter Wahl has gone too far this time, and his proposal does not have our support. I think he has been reading too many articles in The Daily Telegraph.
We might as well say we want to divert the course of the Rhine as move the European Parliament from Strasbourg to Hamburg."
Speaking from Strasbourg, Jean-Baptiste Horhant, Chair of New Europeans, Strasbourg said:
"We will try to divert the course of the Rhine if Peter Wahl is successful in moving the European Parliament from Strasbourg and Brussels to Hamburg."
Peter Wahl has also suggested closing the EU translation and interpretation service and relying on miracles for everyone to understand each other.
When asked where he was going to find a miracle, Mr Wahl simply noted that this could be achieved by admitting the Vatican State to membership of the European Union.
The dispute continues.