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Ngo (ong) chiedono maggiori fondi all’Unione Europea

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-22.

 Parassiti Afidi

Le ngo (ong) si trovano in crescenti difficoltà ad operare in molti stati europei.

La European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) ha recentemente rilasciato un Report (riportato in calce), su codesto argomento.

Queste sono le ragioni che adducono.

«The centre-right European People’s Party has been pushing to restrict EU funds for NGOs.»

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«The lack of sustainable long-term financing hampers the effectiveness of the civil groups’ work. Most funds are only available through short-term projects that do not cover advocacy and awareness-raising.»

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«The agency recommends setting up funds for long-term financing and that the administrative burdens should be proportionate and reasonable. The free movement of capital – something that has come under threat in Hungary and the UK – is also key in providing funding.»

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«Another issue highlighted by the report is that governments across the EU are not keen to consult with civil organisations when working on new legislation. Even if governments are open for consultation, they give very little time – in extreme cases only a few hours – for organisations to comment on bills.»

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«Counterterrorism, anti-moneylaundering measures, shrinking budgets and threats curtail the work of civil rights’ groups in the EU, a new report published on Thursday (18 January) by the EU’s Vienna-based Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has found. »

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«While there is a clear effort to crackdown on NGOs in Hungary and Poland, experts say that rights groups face threats across the bloc.»

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«In a number of countries counterterrorism measures had a direct or indirect effect on NGOs. Freedom of assembly for instance was reduced in countries such as France and Spain.»

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«Anti-moneylaundering measures also had an impact: in the UK over 300 UK-based charities’ bank accounts were frozen at least temporarily because of strict implementation of the new rules»

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«Civil society groups under attack in Hungary and Poland urged the EU on Tuesday (9 January) to set up a fund geared towards NGOs that are protecting European values in member states»

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«The European Commission in December referred Hungary to the EU’s top court because of the law, which the bloc’s executive said infringed EU rules»

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«She said that the police, the interior ministry and other law enforcement organisations have ceased their contracts with the NGO»

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«She said NGOs used to rely on public financing, but with the government of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) in power those funds have dried up»

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Il cuore del problema risiede nella prima frase enucleata.

«The centre-right European People’s Party has been pushing to restrict EU funds for NGOs.»

La Commissione elargisce sponte sua grandi quantità di fondi alle ngo, notabilmente quelle facenti capo a Mr Soros. Poi vi sono i fondi incanalati tramite la European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Poi tutto il resto.

Quindi enuncia come sia insito nei principi fondamentali dell’Unione Europea l’accettazione delle ngo sul territorio nazionale degli stati membri.

Indi queste ngo agiscono facendo attiva propaganda contro i governi legittimamente eletti, qualora essi fossero dissenzienti dalla linea della dirigenza europea. La piazza deve aver ragione sulle libere elezioni.

Tutto questo è dagli eurocrati denominato “democrazia”

«She said foreign funding has been the key in maintaining the independence of her organisation»

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«Hungary …. which the bloc’s executive said infringed EU rules »

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Ricapitoliamo.

Se le ngo mantengono la loro indipendenza dagli stati dove operano perché ricevono finanziamenti dall’estrero, allora dipenderanno dai voleri dei finanziatori esteri.

A quanto sembra i Trattati EU conterrebbero la norma in accordo alla quale gli stati membri debbano accogliere e lasciare operare le ngo. Si sarebbe davvero molto curiosi che ci fosse indicato dove si trovi scritto un simile assunto.


EuObserver. 2018-01-14. Hungarian and Polish NGOs urge EU funds against crackdown

Civil society groups under attack in Hungary and Poland urged the EU on Tuesday (9 January) to set up a fund geared towards NGOs that are protecting European values in member states.

NGOs in the two central European countries, where what Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban once boasted was ‘illiberal democracy’ has taken a hold, have called for the creation of a so-called “European Values Instrument” that would support civil society groups that are promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law.

“We should be putting our money where our mouth is,” Marta Pardavi, co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, which has recently been the target of a government campaign against NGOs, said at a European Parliament hearing.

She said foreign funding has been the key in maintaining the independence of her organisation.

The Helsinki Committee partly focuses on protecting the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, which has made the NGO a target for Orban’s government, which vehemently opposes taking in refugees.

“European institutions should set up a instrument to defend civil rights organisations,” Pardavi said, adding that there were such mechanisms for accession and third countries, but not for EU member states.

Pardavi told EUobserver that existing EU funds are designed for specific, short-term projects, usually available for 18 months. She argued that for the sustainable functioning and reinforcement of human rights NGOs, an overarching funding should be available.

“The later this fund comes to life, the more money it would need,” she argued.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee is one of the organisations affected by new legislation targeting civil society groups that receive foreign – including European – funding, forcing them to label themselves as “supported from abroad”.

The European Commission in December referred Hungary to the EU’s top court because of the law, which the bloc’s executive said infringed EU rules.

Pardavi said her organisation would not comply with the new law.

She said that the police, the interior ministry and other law enforcement organisations have ceased their contracts with the NGO, despite having worked together for over 20 years.

“There is desperate need for the EU to start recognising the problem of the civil society organisations,” Malgorzata Szuleka, lawyer and researcher at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland said at the event, adding that NGOs are usually the first victims in countries where rule of law is under pressure.

She said the shrinking space for NGOs to consult with the government is one of the ways Poland is shutting out the civil society from telling their opinion on draft laws.

Szuleka told Euobserver that certain NGOs are on a “starvation diet” in Poland, especially those dealing with migrants and refugees, and women’s rights.

She said NGOs used to rely on public financing, but with the government of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) in power those funds have dried up. She cited the example of EU funds for migration and refugees that has not been distributed in Poland by the authorities.

Szuleka said the EU should step in and help make NGOs more resistant to the changing of the governments.

‘Ill democracies’

At the parliament hearing, human rights advocates argued that governments in Poland, Hungary and, for a period of time, in Croatia, are working from a similar “playbook”, when building an illiberal democracy, undermining fundamental rights and the rule of law.

Hungary has been regularly criticised by the European Commission, whic has also launched the Article 7 sanctions procedure against Poland on rule of law issues.

“We see a number of countries, where there are worrying developments on the rule of law, democracy, and fundamental rights. And the EU is struggling to cope with that,” said liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, one of the organisers of the event, along with EPP MEP Frank Engel.

In ‘T Veld added that this is not about a divide between the eastern and western part of the EU, but among people who stand up for the rule of law and those authoritarians who take away human rights.

 


EuObserver. 2018-01-18. Rights NGOs face fresh threats across the EU, agency says

Civil rights group – particularly LGBT groups – face threats in the EU.

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Counterterrorism, anti-moneylaundering measures, shrinking budgets and threats curtail the work of civil rights’ groups in the EU, a new report published on Thursday (18 January) by the EU’s Vienna-based Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has found.

Civil society as a whole – a key pillar of democracy – is under threat in many parts of the EU, it concludes.

“A thriving democracy needs a healthy civil society. Unfortunately, the EU’s own civil society is facing a pattern of threats and pressures in many parts of the EU,” FRA director Michael O’Flaherty said, adding that addressing this “unacceptable situation should be a high priority” for the EU and member states.

The FRA focuses on human rights and makes recommendations to both the EU and member states to protect human rights when implementing EU law.

While there is a clear effort to crackdown on NGOs in Hungary and Poland, experts say that rights groups face threats across the bloc.

In a number of countries counterterrorism measures had a direct or indirect effect on NGOs. Freedom of assembly for instance was reduced in countries such as France and Spain.

Anti-moneylaundering measures also had an impact: in the UK over 300 UK-based charities’ bank accounts were frozen at least temporarily because of strict implementation of the new rules.

The agency wants EU member states to make sure that new measures do not have negative side-effects on NGOs.

Attacks, physical abuse, threats and smear campaigns against NGOs have become the new norm, researchers say. “They feel it’s part of their job now,” an official familiar with the issue said.

The attacks typically come from political groups, for instance from people unhappy with groups helping refugees. LGBTI rights, womens’ rights and the rights of refugees tend to be the most sensitive subjects, receiving the brunt of threats.

However, it is difficult to assess the scope of the threat, because there are no figures on this as authorities do not register if a physical abuse was a direct attack against a civil group. The agency plans a report specifically on that in the autumn.

In some cases, civil groups fear state surveillance, the report notes. In July 2015, Amnesty International reported that “UK government agencies had spied on the organisation by intercepting, accessing and storing its communications”.

Short on money

The lack of sustainable long-term financing hampers the effectiveness of the civil groups’ work. Most funds are only available through short-term projects that do not cover advocacy and awareness-raising.

Shrinking national budgets and increasing administrative burdens also complicate the NGOs’ work.

The agency recommends setting up funds for long-term financing and that the administrative burdens should be proportionate and reasonable. The free movement of capital – something that has come under threat in Hungary and the UK – is also key in providing funding.

Recently, several NGOs have called for the establishment of a specific EU fund for rights groups. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) also urged such a move last autumn.

Another issue highlighted by the report is that governments across the EU are not keen to consult with civil organisations when working on new legislation. Even if governments are open for consultation, they give very little time – in extreme cases only a few hours – for organisations to comment on bills.

The report was compiled after NGOs said they are coming under increasing political pressure by changing laws and some have endured physical attacks.

While the EU is often visible at helping civil society outside of the bloc, there have been few measures to protect or even to assess the situation of civil groups within the EU.

The Civil Liberties Union for Europe (Liberties), an NGO promoting the civil liberties in the EU, said in a statement that with the FRA’s report it could be harder for “politicians in Brussels to ignore” the increasing threat to NGOs.

The organisation notes that the EU commission and European Parliament have been “largely uninterested in pleas” from activists to protect rights groups.

The centre-right European People’s Party has been pushing to restrict EU funds for NGOs.

 

 

 

 

 

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. 2018-01-18. Civil society under threat, Fundamental Rights Agency finds.

In many parts of the EU, civil society is under threat, finds a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Given the vital role civil society plays in upholding democratic processes and in promoting human rights, decision makers need to ensure the important work of civil society is not undermined through policy and legal changes and funding cuts.

“A thriving democracy needs a healthy civil society. Unfortunately, the EU’s own civil society is facing a pattern of threats and pressures in many parts of the EU. Addressing this unacceptable situation should be a high priority for policy makers at EU and national levels,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty.

The ‘Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU’ report explores how these challenges vary across the EU. It points to:

– Threats, physical and verbal attacks against activists, as well as smear campaigns;

– Legal changes that negatively affect civil society, such as freedom of assembly restrictions, often a by-product of counter-terrorism laws;

– Shrinking budgets and increased difficulties in getting funding;

– Lack of appropriate involvement of civil society in law- and policy-making.

Member States should abide by the laws, including international standards that recommend civil society participation in policy cycles. Due attention must also be paid to ensure that new or redrafted laws and policies do not undermine the work of civil society. Civil society funding also needs to be protected. In addition, channels of dialogue between civil society and the EU need to be strengthened to ensure their concerns are heard and addressed. This includes finding ways to collect comparable and reliable data on the challenges civil society face, such as threats, intimidation and attacks.

This report contains promising practices that are being used to address these challenges.

Notes to editors:

– FRA is the EU’s independent body for delivering fundamental rights assistance and expertise to the EU and its Member States.

– As part of its cooperation with non-governmental organisations and civil society, FRA initiated this research to look into how best to enable and protect civil society. 

– The report will be launched at an event in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 19 January which will also be livestreamed. 

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Europea, Religioni, Unione Europea

Morawiecki. Tornare alle radici cristiane per fermare il declino.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-15.

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Mr Mateusz Morawiecki potrà avere moli difetti, ma sicuramente ha le idee chiare e parla altrettanto chiaro.

«we want to transform Europe. …. to re-Christianize Europe»

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«unfortunately, in many places, not only are Christmas Carols not sung, but churches are empty, and some are even turned into museums»

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«Referring to the EU threat to withhold funds because of Poland’s refusal to bow to immigrant quotas, Morawiecki asserted that the country “will not allow this sort of a blackmail.”»

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«May God give me enough strength to serve Poland well»

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«new generation of Polish politicians who can unite the respect for the past with appreciation for new tools and technologies»

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«far from being ashamed of Poland’s Christian past, Morawiecki is proud of it»

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«the return to Europe’s Christian roots as the only way to stop its decline»

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«Morawiecki views abortion as negatively as I do, possibly even in a more radical way»

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«Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says his government won’t accept migrants from North Africa or the Middle East – despite mandatory EU quotas»

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«Do they think Poland will “submit” like Sweden?»

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Unione Europea e Polonia. Scontro frontale. – Bloomberg

Unione Europea. Segni iniziali di squinternamento.

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Fa una certa quale impressione sentire un linguaggio che per decenni era catacombale poter risuonare a voce spiegata e chiara.

“Vogliamo trasformare l’Europa, ricristianizzare l’Europa.”

Basterebbe questa sola frase per comprendere quanto odio l’Unione Europea riversi sulla Polonia.

“Far tornare l’Europa alla sue radici cristiane”.

Ma mica che sia l’unico in Europa e fuori di essa. Un esempio per tutti:

Putin ed Al Sisi. Il coraggio del ritorno della religione.

Ci stupiamo soltanto di una cosa: che i liberal ed i socialisti europei non abbiano ancora fatto assassinare Mr Mateusz Morawiecki. Anche perché ammazzare tutti i polacchi sarebbe ben difficile: i tedeschi ci avevano già provato senza riuscirsi, poi ci hanno tentato i russi, ed anche loro sono scivolati sulla Polonia cattolica.

Già. La Polonia non è la Svezia.

«Do they think Poland will “submit” like Sweden?»


Ci rendiamo perfettamente conto di quanto questi discorsi urtino nervi scoperti di molte persone, geneticamente atee positive, che hanno in odio Dio, la Chiesa ed i Vangeli. E che li odiano senza mai essersi peritati di studiarli, almeno per sapere di cosa stiano parlando.

Ci rendiamo anche conto di quanto due secoli di costruzioni menzognere da parte degli epigoni illuministi abbiamo fatto percepire come verità sbalorditive menzogne. Diciamo che la gente non ha molta dimestichezza con le biblioteche.

Ma nel contempo dobbiamo ringraziarli. Se non dicessero cose assurde ed illogiche, oltre il comune buone senso, non si assisterebbe alla attuale rinascita religiosa europea, che tanto ha contribuito ad innescare la devoluzione liberal e socialista. Il loro stesso dogmatismo li rende avversari ben poco temibili.

Un solo esempio.

Nella fotografia di cui sotto, sono effigiate alcune del oltre quattrocento nuove monache di clausura di un ordine spagnolo costituito quattro anni fa. Certo, per vederle occorre volerle vedere. Quelle senza velo sono novizie appena entrate.

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V4 Report. 2018-01-06. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says his government won’t accept migrants from North Africa or the Middle East

* Poland: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says his government won’t accept migrants from North Africa or the Middle East – despite mandatory EU quotas.

** Despite mandatory EU quotas? Do they think Poland will “submit” like Sweden? This is not how things work in Visegrad. Poland will decide these internal security matters, not some radical liberals from the ALDE Party or EU Parliament in Brussels.

According to Euronews, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says his government won’t meet the EU’s mandatory quotas set to help take the burden off Italy and Greece.

“We are invariably of the opinion, formulated by Law and Justice ahead of the elections of 2015, that we will not be receiving migrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa in Poland,” Morawiecki said during an interview with Radio Poland.

That doesn’t mean the country isn’t pulling its weight, Morawieski said.

“On the Eastern borders of the European Union we contribute a lot to lowering tensions since we have already received tens of thousands and maybe even hundreds of thousands of refugees from Ukraine – but we don’t give them asylum status.”

*** The leaders of Brussels, Italy and Greece cannot force their “open-border” manifesto on others in Europe. There was never any European solidarity for mass migration, open-borders or UN-style multicult. This is simply a myth.

Unfortunately, Visegrad cannot force the leaders of Italy or Greece to deport the illegal migrants. They have chosen “the burden”.

Likewise, Poland and Visegrad will decide who comes and who stays in their nations. Why should their security and migration policies be determined by the socialist ideology of Alex Tsipras or Paolo Gentiloni?


Life Site. 2017-12-14. New Polish PM sees return to Christian roots as only way to stop Europe’s decline

Mateusz Morawiecki, the new Prime Minister of Poland, spoke about re-Christianizing Europe during the first interview after his nomination. His Law and Justice party has been under constant attack by the EU political elites.

Last Friday Morawiecki, 49, was appointed Prime Minister by President Andrzej Duda. He replaced Beata Szydło, who had served only half a term. Morawiecki had been Minister of Development, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in Szydło’s government. He was sworn into office last Monday, and gave his first interview the previous Friday.

The topics of the conversation with a Catholic media outlet Telewizja Trwam ranged from the economic and social development of Poland, international relations, and the EU. Throughout the interview, Morawiecki made several religious references.

Speaking about Polish mining and the problematic EU climate policy, he said, “we want to transform Europe.” He digressed that his dream is to “re-Christianize Europe”.  Morawiecki specified that, “unfortunately, in many places, not only are Christmas Carols not sung, but churches are empty, and some are even turned into museums.”

Morawiecki welcomed the interviewer, Redemptorist Brother Piotr Dettlaff, with the greeting “Szczęść Boże.”  Impossible to directly translate into English, the phrase was a traditional way of greeting working farmers and essentially meant “God bless you in your work.” It is still used today when addressing priests and members of religious orders.

This unique Polish phrase was mentioned by Pope John Paul II in 1997 during his visit to the small Polish town of Krosno. “May the beautiful greetings ‘Szczęść Boże’ and ‘Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus’ (Praised be Jesus Christ) never disappear from the mouths of Polish farmers,” he pleaded. “Greet one another with these words as a way of offering your best wishes to your neighbors. These words express your Christian dignity. Do not let it be taken away from you.”

During the interview, Morawiecki contrasted Polish culture and traditions with the EU’s values, which require “serious work.” He called Poland “a very proud, important and great nation, which will be even greater” thanks to pro-family and pro-demographic programs, introduced by the ruling Law and Justice party.

Referring to the EU threat to withhold funds because of Poland’s refusal to bow to immigrant quotas, Morawiecki asserted that the country “will not allow this sort of a blackmail.”

Morawiecki reflected, “May God give me enough strength to serve Poland well.” He spoke about the need for prayers and work for all Poles, not only those who voted for the Law and Justice Party.

Morawiecki is a former banker, manager, and lawyer who is fluent in English and German and understands Russian. He has four children. Morawiecki joined the Law and Justice Party in 2016.

Publisher reveals more about his friend Morawiecki

Publisher and journalist Romuald Lazarowicz, who has known Morawiecki since childhood and still speaks to him “practically every day,” spoke to LifeSiteNews about the Prime Minister.

Lazarowicz said that Morawiecki had been involved in an anti-Communist opposition group led by his father, Kornel Morawiecki. All three men were members of the underground organization Fighting Solidarity (Solidarność Walcząca) in Wrocław.

“The atmosphere in his family home shaped his attitude, ideas and morality,” Lazarowicz said. On the one hand, Morawiecki’s mother Jadwiga was very religious, warm, and smart. On the other hand, the potentially deadly political activism of his father “stiffened his backbone.”

Lazarowicz revealed that Mateusz Morawiecki joined Fighting Solidarity as a teenager, and was “under very tight surveillance.” He was repeatedly “beaten by the Communist police, and brutally interrogated.” At one point, “he was even kidnapped and forced to dig his own grave.” Luckily, this was simply Communist intimidation.

In another instance, there was a danger of his imminent arrest during his senior year in high school—something that would prevent him from graduating. Friends from Fighting Solidarity who were doctors hid him in a local hospital for several days and transported him in a speeding ambulance so that he could take his final exam that was necessary to graduate and attend university.

Lazarowicz recalled that after Poland regained its independence in 1989, Morawiecki decided to seek as wide an education as possible. He studied in Poland, Switzerland, Germany, and in the United States, at the Central Connecticut State University and the famous Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Lazarowicz told LifeSite that as CEO of the third largest Polish bank, Morawiecki supported patriotic projects, such as films and exhibits commemorating Poland’s history. He also helped his former anti-Communist friends who were in difficult financial straits.

“He is an unusual politician,” Lazarowicz argued, since “he follows a moral compass and is truthful.” His goal is to “raise Poland from its Communist past, make it more prosperous and prominent.”

Morawiecki belongs to a “new generation of Polish politicians who can unite the respect for the past with appreciation for new tools and technologies.” He not only talks about the importance of the family and religion, but ”lives it in his personal life.”

Lazarowicz said that, far from being ashamed of Poland’s Christian past, Morawiecki is proud of it. He sees the return to Europe’s Christian roots as the only way to stop its decline.

When asked about Morawiecki’s religious life, Lazarowicz responded that the Prime Minister is a practicing Catholic who receives Communion.  Journalist Igor Janke, who wrote a book about Fighting Solidarity revealed that Morawiecki abstains from meat on Fridays, a custom still upheld by many Poles, but not many Catholics in other countries.

Morawiecki on abortion legislation

On the subject of abortion, Lazarowicz said that Morawiecki “views abortion as negatively as I do, possibly even in a more radical way.”

However, “politics is the art of swerving between the things which are just, and those which are possible and necessary,” Lazarowicz added. “It is not always feasible to transpose personal moral standards into political practice.”

Mariusz Dzierżawski of the Right to Life Foundation, who has repeatedly tried to ban abortions in Poland, most recently in 2016, told LifeSite, ”so far Morawiecki has supported the killing of the unborn disabled or sick.” He added, “let’s hope it will change.”

The Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported than in 2016 Morawiecki supported the current abortion law, which allows for eugenic abortions up to six months gestation. The Polish Parliament is supposed to vote on a eugenic abortion ban early in 2018.

LifeSite asked the Prime Minister’s Office for some specifics on his dream to re-Christianize Europe but has not received a response by press time.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Borisov, Presidente Consiglio EU bacchetta la dirigenza sulla Polonia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-15.

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Mr Boyko Borisov, Primo Ministro bulgaro e Presidente del Consiglio Europeo per questo semestre, ha rilasciato sorprendenti dichiarazioni sulla questione polacca.

«Bulgaria warns Polish rebuke from EU will set ‘dangerous precedent’»

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«Borisov highlights unease in member states over so-called Article 7 procedure against Poland»

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«Why the unease?»

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«If Brussels is not stopped here, their appetite for power will only grow stronger»

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«The Bulgarian PM also warned Donald Tusk not to interfere or speak out regarding Polish politics after Tusk’s latest attacks on the elected government in Poland»

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«We have to remain neutral, impartial.»

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«A censure of Poland – which requires a four-fifths majority – would open the way for potential sanctions, such as suspending Warsaw’s voting rights»

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«However this would require unanimity among EU member states and Hungary has vowed to veto any such proposal»

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«Mr Borisov noted that rule of law issues are “so vague” and difficult to measure that they would be better not brought before ministers»

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«Poland can hardly find a solution to a problem that does not exist»

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«It was Frans Timmermans, Donald Tusk, Germany’s Manfred Weber and other EU hacks who, for political purposes, decided to interfere in Poland’s sovereign right to develop policies through their elected representatives in the national government»

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«V4 Report remains optimistic that EUCO will not achieve the required four-fifths necessary to advance the procedure»

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Le parole di Mr Boyko Borisov sono chiare e dure con acciaio.

«rule of law issues are “so vague” and difficult to measure»

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Si apre a questo punto un vero e proprio giallo.

Che i trattati fossero stati scritti in modo astrusamente complesso è cosa nota, esattamente come è cosa nota che si siano sovrapposti trattati a trattati senza che alcuno si sia curato di verificarne l’intima coerenza.

In questa congerie di chaos organizzato emerge il problema di come poter fare delle votazioni, a seconda dell’argomento in esame.

Consiglio Europeo. Votazioni. Maggioranza qualificata e beghe varie.

«Alcuni paesi sostengono che il Regno Unito, avendo votato il Brexit, non dovrebbe più partecipare alle riunioni del Consiglio Europeo, mentre altri paesi sostengono che dovrebbe partecipare fino a tanto che non sia ufficialmente uscito dall’Unione Europea»

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«Il Consiglio deve votare all’unanimità su una serie di questioni considerate sensibili dagli Stati membri»

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«la maggioranza qualificata soltanto se sono soddisfatte due condizioni:

– il 55% degli Stati membri vota a favore – in pratica ciò equivale a 16 paesi su 28

– gli Stati membri che appoggiano la proposta rappresentano almeno il 65% della popolazione totale dell’UE

Questa procedura è nota anche come regola della “doppia maggioranza”»

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«Quando il Consiglio vota una proposta che non è stata presentata dalla Commissione o dall’alto rappresentante, la decisione è adottata se:

– vota a favore almeno il 72% dei membri del Consiglio

– i membri che votano a favore rappresentano almeno il 65% della popolazione dell’UE»

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Nel suo discorso Mr Borisov indica però anche la necessità di una maggioranza dei quattro quinti per poter avviare una eventuale procedura.

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Una riflessione emergerebbe spontanea.

Senza una struttura di governo snella e di semplice esercizio, ed in carenza di regole inequivocabilmente chiare è impossibile poter parlare di democrazia.

Inutile quanto ipocrita parlare di democrazia quando in pratica domina solo la forza.


V4 Report. 2018-01-15. Bulgaria warns Polish rebuke from EU will set ‘dangerous precedent’

* Bulgaria warns Polish rebuke from EU will set ‘dangerous precedent’. Borisov highlights unease in member states over so-called Article 7 procedure against Poland.

Many are indeed “uneasy” but will they have the confidence to defy Brussels? Why the unease? If Brussels is not stopped here, their appetite for power will only grow stronger.

** The Bulgarian PM also warned Donald Tusk not to interfere or speak out regarding Polish politics after Tusk’s latest attacks on the elected government in Poland. “We have to remain neutral, impartial.” said Boyko Borisov.

Mr. Borisov said it would set a “dangerous precedent” for EU member states to vote on whether Poland risked a “serious breach” of rule of law standards. He said a vote should be avoided if at all possible.

“If we have to go to voting, we will have sleepless nights how to vote. I hope we do not have to face this,” Mr Borisov said.

A censure of Poland – which requires a four-fifths majority – would open the way for potential sanctions, such as suspending Warsaw’s voting rights. However this would require unanimity among EU member states and Hungary has vowed to veto any such proposal.

Bulgaria took the rotating chair of the EU’s Council of Ministers this month, giving it the nominal power until July to decide what is brought to a vote of assembled ministers.

Speaking to journalists in Sofia, Mr Borisov noted that rule of law issues are “so vague” and difficult to measure that they would be better not brought before ministers. He expressed confidence that Poland would find a solution to the political impasse with Brussels. (Borisov should prepare his Plan B; Poland can hardly find a solution to a problem that does not exist.)

“I hope my Polish colleagues do not put Article 7 on the agenda,” he said.

*** Borisov should realize that it was not Poland which “put Article 7 on the agenda”. It was Frans Timmermans, Donald Tusk, Germany’s Manfred Weber and other EU hacks who, for political purposes, decided to interfere in Poland’s sovereign right to develop policies through their elected representatives in the national government.

However, despite the noise, the V4 Report remains optimistic that EUCO will not achieve the required four-fifths necessary to advance the procedure and will likely back-down to avoid more lost credibility.

More leaders of the CEE nation states are starting to realize that these “vague” judgments by vindictive and ideological EU officials will set a “dangerous precedent” for the future. Many are starting to realize they could be the EU’s next target for “reprogramming”.

Let these lunatic federalists – such as Guy Verhofstadt and Martin Schulz – continue to “rant and rave”; they only strengthen the case for Poland, the sovereignty of nation states and the rejection of Article Seven.

After all, who wants Guy Verhofstadt, the ALDE Group, Socialists and Greens defining “European values”? They have done enough damage already.

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Morawiecki e Babis. I due nuovi leader dell’Unione Europea.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-10.

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Polonia e Repubblica Ceka sanno alla perfezione che si possono perdere delle battaglia, ma che si deve vincere la guerra. Ed i paesi del Visegrad sono ora in stato di guerra per difendersi dalla azioni di questa attuale dirigenza europea. Né Mr Orban è figura di secondo piano.

Hanno saputo resistere ai tedeschi di altri tempi prima, ai comunisti russi dopo.

A braccio si potrebbe dire che non temano molto Mr Juncker, Mr Tusk (che da qualche tempo vacilla), Mr Macron oppure una Frau Merkel al momento introvabile perché indaffarata a cercare di sopravvivere.

«Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki will eventually command more influence in Europe than France’s Emmanuel Macron, who is an overhyped creation of the media»

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«we are pleased with Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki and believe this has been verified by his strong actions and convictions to date»

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«Andrej Babis is a different story. He started out strong in Brussels a few weeks ago by joining the other leaders of Visegrad in opposition to the EU migrant quotas»

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«Babis again left us curious with his latest comments (translated article below) regarding the European Commission’s lawsuit. The entire process could take up to 18 months»

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«The Czech Republic, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), will do everything to prevent the action brought by the European Commission at the Court of Justice on Thursday regarding the relocation quotas.»

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«it is not up to Donald Tusk to decide the migration policies of sovereign nation states, nor who Hungary admits to their nation. Babis must also understand that this issue is not about whether relocation works efficiently or not»

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«the new government in Austria has taken a strong position against the quotas. In our opinion, both Sebastian Kurz and Morawiecki command more respect in Central-Eastern Europe than either Babis or Fico»

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«The future leaders of Europe will not reside in Paris or the Netherlands (Rutte) but in Warsaw, Vienna and Budapest.»

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Una sola, breve nota di commento.

Fino al 24 settembre 2017 Frau Merkel sembrava ai più essere il Gauleiter dell’Unione Europea.

Quelli che predicavano che fosse un gigante dai piedi di argilla erano scherniti e derisi.

Dopo il 24 settembre molti si bevettero la stroiella che Frau Merkel aveva vinto le elezioni. Si scoraggiarono perché AfD non aveva conseguito la maggioranza dei seggi: si erano illusi che ciò sarebbe stato possibile e non capivano quanto invece fossero mutati gli equilibri. Benedetta Pegida e benedetta AfD.

Concetto difficile quello degli equilibri, difficile da essere recepito e razionalizzato.

Ma adesso stiamo vedendo Frau Merkel arrostire a fuoco lento nel suo isolazionismo ideologico, sta crollando negli indici di gradimento, e sono in molti a reclamarne le dimissioni. Anche qualora formasse un governicchio piccolo, stentato e senza denti, conterebbe come la polvere sui piatti della bilancia.

È Frau Merkel che deve avere paura, è Mr Juncker che deve avere paura: non certo i paesi del Visegrad.

Nota.

Sia molto ben chiaro: qui nessuno intende fare un altarino al Visegrad. Si prende solo atto che ha ragione. Poi, si ricordi che sono cattolici.

Ci si rende perfettamente conto di quanto questo argomento possa trovare Lettori ad esso idiosincrasici. Pur tuttavia, si dovrebbe prendere atto di quanto il retaggio religioso stia ripigliando campo in Occidente: anche i cattolici, i cristiani in generale, vanno a votare. Difficile per molti accettare la realtà.


V4 Report. 2017-01-06. Poland and Czech Republic: How are the two new leaders in Visegrad performing?

* Poland and Czech Republic: How are the two new leaders in Visegrad performing?

** V4 Report prediction: Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki will eventually command more influence in Europe than France’s Emmanuel Macron, who is an overhyped creation of the media.

Obviously, we are pleased with Poland’s Mateusz Morawiecki and believe this has been verified by his strong actions and convictions to date. While we also thought Beata Szydlo was excellent, we have confidence in Morawiecki to build upon and strengthen the foundation.

Andrej Babis is a different story. He started out strong in Brussels a few weeks ago by joining the other leaders of Visegrad in opposition to the EU migrant quotas. However, his statements regarding Poland and Article 7 were quite vague. We have major concerns with members of his ANO/ALDE group and the negative influence they may have on him.

Yesterday, Babis again left us curious with his latest comments (translated article below) regarding the European Commission’s lawsuit. The entire process could take up to 18 months.

Frans Timmermans explained that the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland can still fulfill their obligations to accept migrant quotas to avoid EU punishment. (No thanks, Frans. Their “obligation” is the security of their citizens, not “EU solidarity” on migration.)

This is a concern with Babis, who is also under investigation by the EU. EUCO is desperately trying to isolate Hungary and Poland and will be looking to make a deal with Babis similar to the one struck with Robert Fico in Slovakia.

The response translated from Babis indicates that he may be somewhat naive to the way the leaders of Brussels operate.

The Czech Republic, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), will do everything to prevent the action brought by the European Commission at the Court of Justice on Thursday regarding the relocation quotas.

Babis claims that the same view on the redistribution program for asylum seekers was given by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. “He shares the same opinion that quotas are inefficient,” Babis said, adding that he wants to talk with Juncker about the case.

In other words, Babis somehow believes he can “negotiate” with Juncker over migrant quotas as if this was a business transaction. However, any negotiation involves “give and take”. What is Babis planning to give in exchange for stopping the procedure against the Czech Republic? What is the one thing that Brussels wants? Ask Robert Fico. Submission to their demands to accept “token” migrants and participation in future relocation quotas.

In addition, Babis is incorrect to use Donald Tusk as an example of Visegrad’s position. While Tusk correctly labeled relocation a failure (he later adjusted his statement after pressure from Angela Merkel), he was referring to the viability of future programs, not the initial program involving the court procedure. Tusk fully supports the current lawsuit.

Moreover, it is not up to Donald Tusk to decide the migration policies of sovereign nation states, nor who Hungary admits to their nation. Babis must also understand that this issue is not about whether relocation works efficiently or not. It is purely an issue of “internal security” – which must be determined by the elected representatives of national governments. Security is not an item to be “negotiated” with Brussels.

Eighteen months is a long time and Babis is shaky. Unlike Morawiecki, Babis is not yet sure of himself on the international stage. He can be swayed either way.

On the other hand, the new government in Austria has taken a strong position against the quotas. In our opinion, both Sebastian Kurz and Morawiecki command more respect in Central-Eastern Europe than either Babis or Fico. Many others in the region, including Croatia and some of the Baltic states, seem reluctant to embrace any additional mandatory relocation schemes. The tide is turning.

This will be quite the battle in 2018 over migration that pits Western Europe vs. Central Europe. We suspect that the opinions of Kurz and Morawiecki will have much more influence with the leaders of the CEE states, including Babis, than the EU Parliament or Guy Verhofstadt’s radical crew at ALDE.

Andrej Babis may not be the most principled leader, but he is a pragmatist and even he may see where the future is headed.

We believe Angela Merkel has been severely weakened and we never bought into the media hype of Emmanuel Macron. While Germany will certainly maintain influence, the EU dream of a new “Merkel-Macron Era” to lead Europe is dead.

The future leaders of Europe will not reside in Paris or the Netherlands (Rutte) but in Warsaw, Vienna and Budapest.

Babis will also have to face the reality at home. The Czechs do not care what Guy Verhofstadt and ALDE believe and they remain overwhelmingly opposed to the migrant quotas. They realize that once the door is opened, it may never close and are well-aware of the consequences of Sweden’s decision to embrace EU solidarity on migration. Once flooded, it may already be too late.

Babis once said that he would not accept any migrants: “After what has been happening in Europe, I say clearly that I don’t want even a single refugee in the Czech Republic, not even temporarily.” He later added that sanctions could not be imposed over quotas, which he dismissed as “senseless and absurd”.

“And even if they came, then the Czech Republic should fight the European Commission’s decision and sue it over possible sanctions.”

Babis already has a “trust” issue with many Czechs. He would be very wise to keep his word.

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Consiglio Europeo. Votazioni. Maggioranza qualificata e beghe varie.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-08.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573–1610). Die Festnahme Christi (1598) - Il bacio di Giuda. Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.

Usiamo come testo di riferimento il

Francesco Martinelli. Manuale di Diritto dell’Unione Europea. Napoli. 2017. Isbn 9788891413963.

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Il problema è quello della Polonia e di una eventuale applicazione dell’articolo sette.

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Il Consiglio Europeo, Consilium, così si auto definisce:

«Il Consiglio europeo definisce le priorità e gli orientamenti politici generali dell’UE. Non fa parte dei legislatori dell’UE e pertanto non negozia né adotta atti legislativi. Stabilisce invece l’agenda politica dell’Unione, generalmente adottando nelle sue riunioni “conclusioni” che individuano le questioni problematiche e le misure da intraprendere.

Di recente, il Consiglio europeo ha adottato una ”agenda strategica” delle priorità chiave sulle quali dovranno concentrarsi l’attenzione e l’azione dell’UE nel lungo periodo.

I membri del Consiglio europeo sono i capi di Stato o di governo dei 28 Stati membri dell’UE, il presidente del Consiglio europeo e il presidente della Commissione europea.

Il Consiglio europeo definisce le priorità e gli orientamenti politici generali dell’UE

Anche l’alto rappresentante dell’Unione per gli affari esteri e la politica di sicurezza partecipa alle riunioni del Consiglio europeo quando si discutono temi di politica estera.

Processo decisionale

Nella maggior parte dei casi, il Consiglio europeo decide per consenso. Tuttavia, in alcuni casi specifici previsti dai trattati UE, adotta decisioni all’unanimità o a maggioranza qualificata.

Alla votazione non partecipano né il presidente del Consiglio europeo né il presidente della Commissione.»

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È in corso una diatriba.

Alcuni paesi sostengono che il Regno Unito, avendo votato il Brexit, non dovrebbe più partecipare alle riunioni del Consiglio Europeo, mentre altri paesi sostengono che dovrebbe partecipare fino a tanto che non sia ufficialmente uscito dall’Unione Europea. Questa discrepanza farebbe variare il numero dei paesi ammessi al voto.

Il sito ufficiale del Consiglio Europeo riporta che il numero degli stati membri è ancora 28 (ventotto).

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Sempre il Consiglio Europeo definisce cosa debba essere inteso per votazione. [Si noti come le regole siano state variate il 30 novembre 2017]

«Il metodo di voto standard del Consiglio.

La maggioranza qualificata è il metodo di voto più diffuso all’interno del Consiglio.

Il Consiglio lo utilizza quando adotta decisioni nell’ambito della procedura legislativa ordinaria, nota anche come codecisione. L’80% circa di tutta la legislazione UE è adottato secondo tale procedura.

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Unanimità

Il Consiglio deve votare all’unanimità su una serie di questioni considerate sensibili dagli Stati membri. Ad esempio:

– politica estera e di sicurezza comune (esclusi alcuni casi ben definiti che richiedono la maggioranza qualificata, quali ad es. la nomina di un rappresentante speciale);

– cittadinanza (concessione di nuovi diritti ai cittadini UE);

– adesione all’UE;

– armonizzazione della legislazione nazionale in materia di imposte indirette;

– finanze UE (risorse proprie, quadro finanziario pluriennale);

– alcune disposizioni in materia di giustizia e affari interni (Procura europea, diritto di famiglia, cooperazione di polizia a livello operativo, ecc.);

– armonizzazione della legislazione nazionale in materia di sicurezza sociale e protezione sociale.

Inoltre, il Consiglio è tenuto a votare all’unanimità per discostarsi dalla proposta della Commissione quando quest’ultima non è in grado di accettare le modifiche apportate alla sua proposta. Tale norma non si applica agli atti che il Consiglio deve adottare su raccomandazione della Commissione, ad esempio nel settore del coordinamento delle politiche economiche.

In caso di voto all’unanimità, un’astensione non impedisce l’adozione di una decisione.

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Maggioranza qualificata

Quando il Consiglio vota una proposta della Commissione o dell’alto rappresentante dell’Unione per gli affari esteri e la politica di sicurezza, si raggiunge la maggioranza qualificata soltanto se sono soddisfatte due condizioni:

– il 55% degli Stati membri vota a favore – in pratica ciò equivale a 16 paesi su 28

– gli Stati membri che appoggiano la proposta rappresentano almeno il 65% della popolazione totale dell’UE

Questa procedura è nota anche come regola della “doppia maggioranza”.

Minoranza di blocco

La minoranza di blocco deve includere almeno quattro membri del Consiglio, che rappresentino oltre il 35% della popolazione dell’UE.

Casi particolari

Se non tutti i membri del Consiglio partecipano al voto, ad esempio in caso di “opt-out” per taluni settori politici, una decisione è adottata se vota a favore il 55% dei membri del Consiglio partecipanti, che rappresentino almeno il 65% della popolazione degli Stati membri partecipanti.

Quando il Consiglio vota una proposta che non è stata presentata dalla Commissione o dall’alto rappresentante, la decisione è adottata se:

– vota a favore almeno il 72% dei membri del Consiglio

– i membri che votano a favore rappresentano almeno il 65% della popolazione dell’UE

Astensioni

Nel voto a maggioranza qualificata, un’astensione è considerata un voto contrario. L’astensione non equivale alla non partecipazione al voto. Ogni membro può astenersi in qualsiasi momento.»

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Il problema dell’applicabilità dell’art 7 contro la Polonia.

«Sono dunque previsti casi in cui è necessaria una delibera unanime (constatazione di una grave e persistente violazione da parte di uno Stato membro dei valori contemplati nell’art. 2 TUE, ai sensi dell’art. 7 del medesimo trattato), o adottata a maggioranza qualificata (elezione del presidente del Consiglio europeo, proposta al Parlamento europeo di un candidato presidente della Commissione, ex art. 17 TUE), o a maggioranza semplice (adozione del proprio regolamento interno ex art. 235 del Trattato sul funzionamento dell’Unione europea).»

Ricapitoliamo i termini del contendere.

  1. L’applicazione dell’art 7 contro la Polonia dovrebbe legalmente essere deliberata con unanimità, vertendo essa sulla ” constatazione di una grave e persistente violazione da parte di uno Stato membro dei valori contemplati nell’art. 2 TUE, ai sensi dell’art. 7 del medesimo trattato “. Procedura controversa.

  2. Taluni stati asseriscono che la decisione possa essere presa a maggioranza qualificata. Procedura anche essa controversa.

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Ma controverso è anche il quorum della maggioranza da utilizzare.

Se si adottasse il criterio della maggioranza qualificata (55% dei membri del Consiglio partecipanti) essa sarebbe di 15 stati membri.

Ma se la proposta non fosse stata presentata dalla Commissione, sarebbe necessario il 72%, ossia 20 stati per un’Unione Europea a 28 stati e 19 stati per un’Unione Europea a 27 stati.

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Ad aumentare la confusione sull’argomento, stanno circolando anche indicazioni di quorum a 22 stati.

Infine, sembrerebbe essere del tutto oscuro chi e con quale autorità possa dirimere la diatriba in atto. In via cautelativa, si potrebbe indicare il Consiglio Europeo con decisione unanime

Diciamo che nulla è restato intentato per complicare le cose.

Se questo è il quadro giuridico, qui sunteggiato in modo tale da renderlo intellegibile anche ai non addetti ai lavori, quello politico è tuttora un turmoil.

Sono incerte le posizioni dell’Austria e della Croazia, e questa sarà scelta politica.

Ma sussiste anche l’incertezza legata alla eventuale formazione di un governo in Germania: sembrerebbe infatti essere ben difficile che il Consiglio Europeo possa procedere ad una votazione così delicata senza avere un parere autorevole tedesco. E non è assolutamente detto che dopo il 4 marzo il premier italiano non sia una persona diversa da quello attuale e che la pensi in maniera opposta.

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È una situazione di chaos.

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Croazia. Voto in bilico nel Consiglio di Europa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-03.

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La Croazia è una nazione di poco più di quattro milioni di abitanti, con pil ppa procapite di 25,295$, membro dell’Unione Europea dal 1° luglio 2013. Non aderisce all’Eurozona, avendo mantenuto la propria valuta, la Kuna Croata.

Negli ultimi cinque anni ha evidenziato un ottimo sviluppo economico: basterebbe pensare che nel 2012 il pil ppa procapite era 17,618$.

Come tutti gli stati piccoli dipende molto dai sistemi economici circostanti, ma nel contempo esercita un diritto di voto in seno al Consiglio di Europa.

I croati hanno dimostrato in molte occasioni una sostanziale fierezza nazionale.

Unione Europea e Polonia. Scontro frontale. – Bloomberg

I ‘populisti’ verso la vittoria. I liberal iniziano a temere. – Bloomberg

Polonia. La Camera bassa approva la riforma della giustizia.

Unione Europea. Segni iniziali di squinternamento.

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«After abstaining at the United Nations, Croatia might decide against the formulation of a position»

Croazia. Immigrazione zero. Azioni illegali delle ngo.

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«Croatia. Undecided on vote regarding Poland and article 7»

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«Could Croatia be the next nation to defy Angela Merkel, who seems to be weakening by the day?»

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Ufficialmente, il Consiglio di Europa dovrebbe votare l’applicazione dell’art. 7 alla Polonia con maggioranza di 18 su 27 voti. Vi sono però alcuni che interpretano i Trattati asserendo che servirebbero 22 voti. Non c’è accordo nemmeno su questo.

È però evidente come un provvedimento di questa portata dovrebbe essere approvato a maggioranza totale.

Ma il braccio di ferro tra l’attuale dirigenza europea ed i paesi del Visegrad è adesso diventato una battaglia ideologica che sta dilacerando l’Unione.

L’attuale dirigenza eurocratica vuole arrivare a breve termine agli Stati Uniti di Europa, visione questa non condivisa da molti stati membri.

Senza una costituzione approvata da referendum popolare in tutta la Unione, questa iniziativa correrebbe il rischiodi degenerare in una oligarchia di lunga durata.

«Forcing the EU to back down could be another game-changer and a first step towards downsizing Brussels and returning power back to the nation states.»

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«If they cannot obtain 22 votes, this will be another severe blow to their credibility»

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Il quattro marzo si voterà in Italia. Non è detto che il nuovo primo ministro si schieri con Germania e Francia in sede di Consiglio Europeo.

V4 Report. 2017-12-31. Croatia. Undecided on vote regarding Poland and article 7

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Croatia. Undecided on vote regarding Poland and article 7.

Could Croatia be the next nation to defy Angela Merkel, who seems to be weakening by the day? Even in Zagreb, the government may be realizing that Merkel has been severely wounded.

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Our source in Croatia (on Twitter) explains it is a hard struggle at the moment in Zagreb. Pro-Polish President Grabar-Kitarovic, another leader of the Three Seas Initiative, is said to be urging the government to ignore the vote and to vote neutral.

While some circles around PM Plenkovic are thought to be afraid of being punished by Berlin & Brussels (how sad that this could be a factor), Plenkovic would also prefer to stay neutral. We shall see. Brussels, Paris and Berlin will be applying heavy pressure as usual and Plenkovic has a Brussels background and is close to Elmar Brok and EPP.

One must realize that Merkel and Macron have a great amount of interest riding on this vote. They want to weaken Poland (and Hungary) and keep the CEE region divided in order to project their influence. They know Poland – a leader of the Three Seas Initiative – is growing stronger and will seek every opportunity to diminish Poland’s growing influence in the region. This is one of the reasons why Angela Merkel was furious with Croatia over the Three Seas Initiative.

Brussels, too, has much on the line as it seeks to expand its power and scope over the internal affairs of the European nation states. They know there will be future battles, especially in regards to migration. If they cannot obtain 22 votes, this will be another severe blow to their credibility.

Both France and Germany came out early for punishing Poland. Their goal, despite Hungary’s veto pledge, is to commit as many governments as possible to their cause in order to isolate both Hungary and Poland.

We feel this vote is vital for the sovereignty and integrity of Poland. We also believe it can provide others outside of Visegrad the confidence to defy the EU in the future, especially on migration. Forcing the EU to back down could be another game-changer and a first step towards downsizing Brussels and returning power back to the nation states.

A strong CEE coalition will be needed in the future to challenge the influence of Germany/France and to defy the mass migration agenda that Brussels wants to “commit Europe” to follow.

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In the coming days, we will also be analyzing what we have heard so far from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Romania and other key CEE governments. In some cases, like Slovakia, we have not heard any news.

Below are some excerpts from the linked article from Total Croatia News. The author is Vedran Pavlic.

– After abstaining at the United Nations, Croatia might decide against the formulation of a position.

– After additional consultations, Croatia will formulate its position on Poland, which has been threatened by the European Commission with the activation of the so-called Article 7, which could ultimately lead to the suspension of EU voting rights, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Thursday, reports Večernji List on December 22, 2017.

“Croatia will, after consultations, articulate its position, but for now, no one in the EU has announced their position particularly strongly,” said Plenković after a party meeting on Thursday. He added that the government should be cautious because something like this hasn’t happened in the European Union to date. “This issue has not yet come to the agenda of the Council at this point. It requires very careful attitudes from all members,” said Plenković.

Croatia’s traditional “we don’t have a position” position is unsurprising, given that the country is often unsure what to do when it comes to its foreign policy, despite the fact that the President and the Prime Minister are two supposedly “brilliant” former diplomats and foreign affairs experts. On Thursday, Croatia broke with most other EU members and abstained in a voting at the United Nations General Assembly about a resolution condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to move US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Polonia. Avviata una offensiva diplomatica.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2018-01-02.

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«we believe the best strategy is to continue to consult with the leaders of the European nation states.»

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«Polish government preparing ‘diplomatic offensive’ over Article 7»

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«Others CEE leaders may be wondering who will be the EU’s next target for “reprogramming”»

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«On Wednesday, January 3, Morawiecki is scheduled to make a trip to Budapest to meet with Orban»

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«The foreign minister highlighted  Bulgaria …. a bilateral meeting could take place on January 15»

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«Many EU states only hear the propaganda and disinformation from a hostile international media, a desperate opposition and a vengeful Brussels»

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«Poland will be able to defend their position, sovereignty and adherence to the rule of law without the “noise” of others seeking to destabilize the government»

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« Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is also scheduled to speak with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission on January 9»

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«There is absolutely no appetite in Central Europe for an all-powerful “federal Europe” or attempts by Brussels to redefine the culture of the region.»

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È in corso la battaglia per l’Europa. Sarà molto simile alla battaglia finale.

Gli eurocrati mirano ad ottenere degli ‘Stati Uniti di Europa’ da loro governati, in ossequio alla loro ideologia liberal.

Molti altri paesi, principalmente quelli del ex Europa dell’Est, non intendono sottomettersi: ottima un’Unione Europea economica, non accettabile un’Unione Europea politica ed a guida liberal.

Inutile dire che si deciderà anche il destino dell’Italia.


V4 Report. 2017-12-31. Polish government preparing ‘diplomatic offensive’ over Article 7.

* Poland: Polish government preparing ‘diplomatic offensive’ over Article 7. Others CEE leaders may be wondering who will be the EU’s next target for “reprogramming”.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has announced that the government plans to spend the next three months holding talks with EU countries in response to the triggering of Article 7 by the European Commission.

According to Morawiecki’s chief of staff, the prime minister will most likely go on a diplomatic tour of EU countries. On Wednesday, January 3, Morawiecki is scheduled to make a trip to Budapest to meet with Orban.

In addition, Waszczykowski said that Poland would try to talk with various EU member countries. The foreign minister highlighted  Bulgaria, which will assume the rotating presidency of the EU in January, as one of the potential key players in discussions. According to him, a bilateral meeting could take place on January 15.

** We believe the direct consultation with the leaders of the nation states is a wise and prudent strategy. Many EU states only hear the propaganda and disinformation from a hostile international media, a desperate opposition and a vengeful Brussels. During these personal meetings, Poland will be able to defend their position, sovereignty and adherence to the rule of law without the “noise” of others seeking to destabilize the government.

In addition, there are many leaders of Europe uncomfortable with the aggressive actions of Brussels to interfere in the internal affairs of the nation states, whether it pertains to judicial reform or migrant quotas. There is absolutely no appetite in Central Europe for an all-powerful “federal Europe” or attempts by Brussels to redefine the culture of the region.

What will be the next issue and who will be the next target of Brussels?

*** Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is also scheduled to speak with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission on January 9.

Morawiecki said: “The best medicine is usually dialogue. We want to conduct this dialogue… We want to explain to our [European] partners why our reforms of the justice system are necessary.”

Morawiecki added: “I expect that we will be able to reach common ground, at least when it comes to understanding each other’s positions. I am a moderate optimist about this.”

Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party has said sweeping changes are needed to reform an inefficient and sometimes corrupt judicial system tainted by the communist past, accusing judges of being an elite, self-serving clique often out of touch with the problems of ordinary citizens.

**** While communication is wise, we have our doubts regarding the openness of Brussels. Instead, we believe the best strategy is to continue to consult with the leaders of the European nation states.

Brussels is looking for “submission” and to expand their power and control over the EU “member states”. Ultimately, it will be up to the leaders of the European “nation states” to stop them. The time is now.

Onward V4! Stay strong and united.

Pubblicato in: Commercio, Unione Europea

Regno Unito e Polonia. Un buon accordo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-23.

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La Polonia sta sviluppando una sua sempre più significativa presenza quale polo finanziario, fatto che non completamente gradito dalla Germania, che protesterebbe se avesse un governo: ma al momento non ce lo ha.

Polonia. Sta nascendo un nuovo polo finanziario europeo.

JPMorgan to Hire ‘Thousands’ for Operations Hub in Poland

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Significativa la visita fatta da Mrs May in Polonia. Ma se sono interessanti le note ufficiali, ancor di più lo sarebbero gli argomenti trattati ma non espressi al pubblico.

«U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May left Warsaw on Thursday afternoon with the support of the Polish government for a generous settlement on services after Brexit»

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«The Polish leader said he regretted losing Britain as an ally against over-regulation in the bloc and offered reassurance that they would back some of Britain’s claims.»

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«My view is that UK-EU relationship should stay close to where it is now and that the new agreement on economic and trade cooperation should be reached as quickly as possible to ensure clarity for businesses on both sides» [Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki]

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«I deeply hope that our French and German partners are interested in a constructive solution»

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«We’re both deeply concerned about Russian attempts to weaponize information»

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Quando qualcosa va per un verso poco accetto, in Occidente si ricorre al vezzo di addossare tutte le colpe alla Russia di Mr Putin.

Sia ben chiaro: nessuno intende dire che il Presidente russo sia un frate trappista, e nessuno dovrebbe stupirsi più di tanto che alla fine faccia gli interessi della Russia. Ma da lì a consideralo onnipotente scorre una gran bella differenza.

Non ci si stupirebbe però che se la May avesse incassato un appoggio polacco sul Brexit, la Polonia avesse a sua volta contabilizzato un appoggio inglese circa le sue problematiche con l’attuale dirigenza degli eurocrati.


Bloomberg. 2017-12-22. May Wins Polish Support for Speedy Brexit Deal to Help Business

– U.K. teams with Poland to counter Russian disinformation

– Premier’s trip to Warsaw overshadowed by firing her deputy

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May left Warsaw on Thursday afternoon with the support of the Polish government for a generous settlement on services after Brexit and unity in fighting propaganda campaigns by Russia.

The trip was overshadowed by May firing Damian Green, her closest political ally, on Wednesday. But armed with promises to work together on security and defense, she left Warsaw with reassurances that Poland’s new administration would support her in key aspects of the EU divorce negotiations.

As the second stage of Brexit talks approaches — on trade between the U.K. and the EU — May is seeking allies across the continent to loosen the unity that the bloc managed to hold during the first phase of talks. The Polish leader said he regretted losing Britain as an ally against over-regulation in the bloc and offered reassurance that they would back some of Britain’s claims.

“My view is that UK-EU relationship should stay close to where it is now and that the new agreement on economic and trade cooperation should be reached as quickly as possible to ensure clarity for businesses on both sides,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in a press conference alongside May.

“I deeply hope that our French and German partners are interested in a constructive solution,” he said, warning that “all the protectionist movements are very dangerous.”

Russian Disinformation

May earlier told a group of veterans from World War II that “the United Kingdom and Poland have a long tradition of fighting side by side,” before taking that theme to the press conference with Morawiecki. “Our deep ties of friendship will outlast our departure from the EU,” she said.

The British premier criticized Russian attempts to spread disinformation in Europe and said a new agreement between Britain and Poland would help to tackle the problem.

“We’re both deeply concerned about Russian attempts to weaponize information,” May said. The two countries agreed to “bolster our cooperation to counter Russian disinformation in the region,” she said.

Green

May has pressed the importance of security and defense cooperation to win the support of former Soviet bloc states in the EU as Britain prepares to leave in March 2019. Britain has boosted its diplomatic presence in the countries and promised to support with military assets and the training of troops.

May said she had raised the spat between Poland and the EU over judicial appointments in her meeting with the Polish premier and was reassured that an agreement can be reached to head off sanctions against her hosts.

“In Europe we have a collective belief in the rule of law,” she said. “Prime Minister Morawiecki will be speaking with the European Commission and I hope that will lead to a satisfactory resolution.”

The premier was asked about Green, the de-facto deputy she fired Wednesday afternoon after an inquiry into his behavior found he’d made misleading statements over pornography found on his parliamentary computer by police nearly a decade ago.

Green is the third Cabinet minister to quit in two months though the news failed to spark much concern as the FTSE 100 headed to record high.

May has racked up a couple of recent Brexit-related successes, meaning the prime minister is better equipped to handle Green’s departure. On Thursday, her office said that Trade Minister Mark Garnier will stay in his job after inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct. Unlike Green, it was decided that he did not break the ministerial code.

May left Poland on Thursday afternoon to travel to Cyprus for a Christmas visit to U.K. troops.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Orban bloccherà le azioni legali EU contro la Polonia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-22.

Visegrad 001

«Se i polacchi si sono espressi in modo inequivocabile alle urne conferendo la maggioranza al partito Legge e Giustizia, tra l’altro in quelle elezioni non risultò essere eletto nemmeno un deputato della sinistra, risentono ancora della pregressa dittatura che aveva nominato giudici costituzionali dei liberal di provata fede.

Più che organo giuridico, la Corte Costituzionale polacca era diventata lo strumento politico tramite il quale operava la dirigenza liberal e socialista europea: formava uno stato nello stato e perseguiva interessi stranieri. Un gruppo di fuoco per il killeraggio degli avversari politici dei liberal.»

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2017-12-14. Unione Europea e Polonia. Scontro frontale. – Bloomberg

2017-12-10. Polonia. La Camera bassa approva la riforma della giustizia.

2017-12-12. Unione Europea. Segni iniziali di squinternamento.

2017-12-14. Consiglio Europeo. Unione Europea in quarantena. I documenti ufficiali.

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L’Unione Europea ha portato i paesi del Visegrad davanti la Corte di Giustizia e, quindi, ha deciso che avrebbe attivato l’Articolo 7 del Treaty on European Union contro la Polonia, a causa della riforma fatta sull’amministrazione della giustizia.

Il Consiglio d’Europa avrà bisogno della maggioranza di due terzi per attivare l’articolo 7, ossia diciotto voti validi.

«Article 7 TEU

Article 7 TEU aims at ensuring that all EU countries respect the common values of the EU, including the rule of law. The preventive mechanism of Article 7(1) TEU can be activated only in case of a ’clear risk of a serious breach’ and the sanctioning mechanism of Article 7(2) TEU only in case of a ’serious and persistent breach by a Member State’ of the values set out in Article 2.

The preventive mechanism allows the Council to give the EU country concerned a warning before a ’serious breach’ has actually materialised.

The sanctioning mechanism allows the Council to suspend certain rights deriving from the application of the treaties to the EU country in question, including the voting rights of that country in the Council. In that case the ’serious breach’ must have persisted for some time.» [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content]

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«Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his country would form an “insurmountable roadblock” against EU attempts to trigger Article 7»

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«Orban said, “if one attacks Poland, it attacks all of Central Europe»

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«Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said that Hungary sees a strong Poland as a vital component of a central European caucus within the European Union and that he would, therefore, block any action to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU»

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«We need to make it clear to the EU that it is pointless to even start proceedings against Poland as there is no chance of seeing it through – because Hungary will be there and form an insurmountable roadblock»

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«Orban said Poland had been criticized unfairly and unjustly»

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«The overwhelming majority of Poles think about immigration the same way as the Hungarians»

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Se le azioni legali e le dichiarazioni della attuale dirigenza pro tempore europea sono tranchant, non meno drastica è la presa di posizione ungherese.

Staremo a vedere come evolveranno le cose, ma i paesi del Visegrad non intendono certo farsi schiavi di questa dirigenza dell’Unione Europea.

La befana potrebbe anche portare il collasso dell’Unione Europea.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-12-22. Hungary will block punitive EU action on Poland

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says his country would form an “insurmountable roadblock” against EU attempts to trigger Article 7. Orban said, “if one attacks Poland, it attacks all of Central Europe.”

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said that Hungary sees a strong Poland as a vital component of a central European caucus within the European Union and that he would, therefore, block any action to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the EU.

The European Commission recently launched proceedings to trigger Article 7 against Poland for breaching European common values and rule of law.

“We need to make it clear to the EU that it is pointless to even start proceedings against Poland as there is no chance of seeing it through – because Hungary will be there and form an insurmountable roadblock,” Orban said.

Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party had adopted 13 laws in the last two years that created a situation where the state “can systematically interfere with the composition, powers, the administration and the functioning” of the judiciary.

Article 7 was designed to deter member states from advancing policies that threaten democratic institutions. If the EU member states agree with the Commission’s recommendation to trigger Article 7, Poland could see its voting rights suspended. A two-thirds majority vote is needed for it to proceed.

Orban said Poland had been criticized unfairly and unjustly. “If one attacks Poland, it attacks all of Central Europe,” Orban told Hirado, a Hungarian public news station. 

The prime minister emphasized that it was in the interest of the Hungarian nation to have solidarity with the Poles and to make it clear that no EU punishment could be imposed on them, Hirado reported.

“The overwhelming majority of Poles think about immigration the same way as the Hungarians,” he added.

Orbán highlighted decision of the Visegrád Group countries – Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – to provide significant financial assistance to Italy to stop migrants at sea borders.

He said millions of people in Africa would migrate in coming years, with one route coming through Italy. Orban said this should be closed and Italy protected. 

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Repubblica Ceka. Andrej Babis si rifiuta di accogliere migranti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-12-18.

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Si preannunciano tempi duri per l’Unione Europea e per come avrebbero voluto trasformarla le forze di sinistra.

«SPD leader Martin Schulz, whose entire political career has been spent in the European Parliament, last week called for a “United States of Europe” by 2025.» [Handelsblatt]

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Unione Europea. Segni iniziali di squinternamento.

EU reignites dispute over refugee quotas ahead of Brussels summit

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«The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country»

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«The European Union’s executive will sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to host asylum-seekers, Brussels said on Thursday»

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«The (European) Commission can withdraw the charge at any moment. We have to negotiate on this and to offer different models, like guarding the borders or help to other countries.»

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«But we don’t want any refugees»

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«The EU has to understand, that if it won’t listen to our proposals, then the influence of extremist parties like (Germany‘s) AfD or (Czech) SPD will grow, whose strategy actually is to destroy the EU»

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Il primo Ministro designato della Repubblica Ceka, Mr Andrej Babis, parla molto chiaramente.

«we don’t want any refugees»

Ed aggiunge una constatazione di dato di fatto:

«The EU has to understand, that if it won’t listen to our proposals, then the influence of extremist parties like (Germany‘s) AfD or (Czech) SPD will grow, whose strategy actually is to destroy the EU»

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Oggi si è aperto il Consiglio di Europa. Vi partecipano capi distato e di governo tutti acciaccati dalle pregresse elezioni che li hanno sfiduciati.

La Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel è il cascame di ciò che era una volta.

Staremo a vedere, ma alla fine si dovrà ben arrivare ad una conclusione.


Reuters. 2017-12-09. Czech PM designate: EU should not push us over migrants – paper

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The designated Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union should not push Czechs over their refusal to shelter asylum-seekers, because it could strengthen extremist parties in the country.

The European Union’s executive will sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to host asylum-seekers, Brussels said on Thursday.

Babis, whose government is due to be appointed by President Milos Zeman on Dec. 13, repeated his country’s stance on migrants.

“The (European) Commission can withdraw the charge at any moment. We have to negotiate on this and to offer different models, like guarding the borders or help to other countries. But we don’t want any refugees,” Babis said in an interview published on Saturday by the Pravo daily paper.

He will represent his country at the EU summit on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, where European leaders will discuss migration.

The Czechs have declined to shelter asylum-seekers despite an overall drop in arrivals due to tighter borders and projects beyond the EU’s frontiers to discourage migration to Europe.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) cases could lead to financial penalties but may take months, or years, to conclude.

Babis said that by pushing on with the case, the EU might embolden extremist elements.

“The EU has to understand, that if it won’t listen to our proposals, then the influence of extremist parties like (Germany‘s) AfD or (Czech) SPD will grow, whose strategy actually is to destroy the EU,” he said.

Despite his ANO party winning the parliamentary election by a landslide in October, it is unclear whether Babis will be able to win a confidence vote for his government by mid-January as required by the constitution. He also faces the threat of prosecution in connection with his business interests.

The far-right, anti-EU and anti-NATO SPD party and the Communists have lent ANO support in several initial votes in parliament in return for committee posts for their members, raising the prospect that they may have some kind of agreement to back ANO.

But Babis reiterated in the Pravo interview that there was no deal in place and he would talk to all parties to either back the cabinet or abstain from the vote to help ANO win.