Crumbling European solidarity or yet another day at the office?

Further news coming out of the European Union as Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (acting on permission of the Polish High Courts), announced that the country’s national constitution takes precedence over European legislation.

The Polish PM arriving in Brussels.

For those not in the know, a central tenet of the European Union is that EU-passed legislation must always take priority over domestic legislation/constitutions, a move the Polish PM clearly disagrees with.

To further complicate matters, Hungary, another EU nation led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has backed Poland in their declaration.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán

Mr Orbán is a notable figure within the European community, having for lack of a better word ‘pissed off’ the EU on many occassions.

Commenting on the threat of sanctions on Poland by the EU, the Hungarian PM stated ‘Poland – the best country in Europe – theres no need to have any sanctions’.

The drama unfolding in an already fragile union will undoubtedly be loved by Eurosceptics and the Union’s neighbour to the East alike.

Time will surely tell whether the spat is another day in the office for European diplomacy, or whether a larger shift in ‘European Solidarity’ will occur.

One thought on “Crumbling European solidarity or yet another day at the office?

  1. Reblogged this on Marcus Ampe's Space and commented:
    The problem with the present situation in Poland, Hungary and Rumania is that the issue in Poland is so controversial that every member country wants to intervene.

    Morawiecki’ s intervention at the European Parliament last week was particularly shocking for a number of EU member nations and was unacceptable for us, European citizens.

    “He was speaking to the EU as if it were external, as someone who is not mentally inside the EU,” said one senior official with good reason, because the Polish leader gave us enough insight in the way his country is willing to go and wanting to ignore a lot of its own citizens.

    As taxpayers in the Union we can not give in into the Polish threat which is, ‘Give us money without conditions, so we can peacefully build an autocracy within the EU, or we will wreck your union’.”

    This is war language, not worthy of any member-state of the democratic European Union. To no surprise, many EU leaders explicitly pushed the Commission to withhold EU recovery funds until Warsaw introduces a series of judicial reforms that von der Leyen outlined in her speech to the European Parliament last week.

    It can well be that we shall have to face a further East-West rift at the heart of the EU, but we are already working on the construction of a Sovereign European Union, that we may not give in and should stand firm on our values, ethics and human rights.
    For sure, we may not go for or accept a “second-tier status” for Poland and Hungary compared to other member countries.

    Any move toward a fudged compromise would kill the Commission’s credibility on both the rule of law and the implementation of the recovery fund, and would undermine the credibility of many residents of the European Union and remove any confidence for further agreements.

    French President Emmanuel Macron may be taking a much more cautious approach this time around, him going soft. He sets the French presidential race first, and therefore does not like Brussels versus Warsaw to become a huge conflict that could spill into the French presidential race, especially as the French electorate is also ignorant and confused about how the EU works and is ripe for exploitation by distorted, populist arguments, which are difficult to counter in soundbites. All member states have to put their own interests aside and chose for the important unity and credibility in the Union.

    All the countries that want to be members of the European Union must realise that joining means accepting the universal human rights that must be safeguarded in the Union, and that together we must also bear the burden and enjoying the benefits. It is a question of solidarity in terms of costs and benefits.

    The EU democracy is there for all who want to share country and peace in accord of the acceptance of all sorts of people, cultures and beliefs or religious or non-religious affections. All those who can not agree with the EU values have no place in that Union.


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