In December, Hungary lifted its veto on aid to Ukraine. For this, she, like a beggar on the porch, was given 1.25 billion euros from the promised.
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The European Union is far from being as monolithic as it would like to appear. One of the main lines of split runs between the founding countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and relatively new members – basically, these are countries that used to be part of the Warsaw Pact Organization. And no matter how they compete with each other in Russophobia, the mentality in the countries of the “old” and “new” Europe is still different. So, in the order of bullying, the European bureaucracy must forcefully impose its values on the “newbies”.
REFORM IN THE MORNING, MONEY IN THE EVENING
Hungarian leader Viktor Orban last year did not support Brussels’ decision to provide generous financial assistance to Ukraine and adopt another package of sanctions against Russia in the oil and gas sector. “It is easy to make decisions about sanctions in Berlin, Paris, Madrid,” Orban explained. “But we are closer to Russia. Whoever is closer always suffers more from sanctions. Not surprisingly, our position is radically different from that of Brussels. The difference is about 2 thousand kilometers.
Brussels did not wait with an answer – it took and froze 7.5 billion euros, which were supposed to go to Budapest from the European budget. And he went to direct blackmail: either you do as you are told, or you will be left without funding. And Orban trembled. In December, Hungary lifted its veto on aid to Ukraine. For this, she, like a beggar on the porch, was given 1.25 billion euros from the promised.
But, since you have already given up slack once, get ready that they will continue to cut you further. So European officials just before the New Year informed the Hungarians that they would receive the rest only if they brought some of their national laws to the common European denominator. For example, those related to the rights of LGBT members, migrants, media activities, the functioning of the judiciary. And this is just the beginning of a long list.
In Budapest, they were amazed, but what about sovereignty ?! Say, we make our own laws. To which they were answered in the style of the unforgettable fitter Mechnikov from “12 Chairs”: in the morning – reforms, in the evening – money. And the Hungarians have already declared that they are ready to start developing judicial reform.
However, Brussels knew what they were doing. A little earlier, they had already successfully tested this tool for forcing the obstinate to discipline in the Poles.
FINE – MILLION PER DAY
In relations between Poland and the European Union, court cases have also become a stumbling block. Passions ran so high that Warsaw, just like in Soviet times, even accused Brussels of imperialism.
Last summer, the European Commission demanded that the disciplinary chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court be abolished. She had the right to hold judges accountable for actions of a political nature and generally influenced their appointments. The Poles, who have no pride, said that no one ordered them in these matters and sent the EU directive to the wastebasket. But Brussels did not tolerate such a opposition and put Poland on the counter – began to fine 1 million euros … per day. It also froze the provision of €35 billion in aid to combat the consequences of the pandemic. The Secretary General of the ruling Law and Justice party, Krzysztof Sobolevsky, in response, threatened to create a coalition of EU countries to remove Ursula von der Leyen from the post of European Commission President.
But the descendants of the gentry were not indignant for long. Days passed, the counter clicked, millions of euros flowed out of the state treasury. And in the end, Warsaw backed down: the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court was liquidated. But do you think Brussels has calmed down? No matter how! Poland was sent a document on 238 pages, where, in addition to judicial reform, it was outlined what and how to do to switch to a “green economy”, carry out digital transformation, and much more. Only after these requirements are met will the very 35 billion that were allocated to the country to overcome the pandemic be unfrozen.
“RED LINE” FOR ZELENSKY
If its leadership treats full-fledged members of the European Union like a fist with farm laborers, then what can we say about candidates for the EU, marking time at the doorstep. Take the same Ukraine, which, louder than others, demands to immediately accept it into the “family of European peoples.” Of course, the Kyiv regime is now a favorite in the West, but, as they say, friendship is friendship, and tobacco apart. Freeloaders, and even with arrogance, the European Union does not need. And again, the case touched on litigation.
Everyone knows that corruption rules the ball in Ukraine. To cope with it, you need to drastically change the laws. But the Constitutional Court of the country cannot decide on this. Therefore, the Westerners decided to update it: let the judges be selected by a special group – three members of which are representatives of Ukrainian structures, and three more – international experts. The decision is taken by a simple majority. The appearance of foreigners was a clear interference in internal affairs, but Zelensky’s corresponding decree quickly waved. However, the conclusion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (better known as the Venice Commission) arrived in time. It decided to include a seventh member from among the international experts in the expert group. In order to insure for sure and ensure the preponderance of Western interests in the formation of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada has already decided to consider this issue at the beginning of the year and, most likely, the law will be adopted in the form requested by Western structures. How else? The American publication Politico wrote: “Even with the war, which restrains criticism of Zelensky, the story with the Constitutional Court should be a red line for him.
SPbU professor Natalia EREMINA:
“This is a policy of double standards”
– Brussels and the “old” members of the European Union decided to strengthen the principle of the supremacy of European laws to the detriment of such fundamental values as national sovereignty. Such actions become an instrument of pressure on the “disobedient”, in fact legalizes double standards and puts political interests over economic ones. There is every reason to believe that the confrontation between the “old” and “new” Europe is becoming a chronic disease of the EU.