EU Budget: Beware of the future traps, hidden agenda and strategy…sometimes one can learn a lot from the opposition itself.
FYI: So we don’t confuse anyone, the V4 Report does not agree with this author (Head of Advocacy at Civil Liberties Union for Europe), but only post his comments so one can get an idea of some of the traps Merkel could be setting. 👇
Quote from article 👉: “Rather than working with Charles Michel’s toothless compromise, the most pragmatic course of action is for Merkel to take the conditionality proposal out of the Recovery Package and MFF negotiations. There are indications she might do this. This is the best option for governments that want to pass the budget while also making sure their taxpayers’ money isn’t used to fund corruption or authoritarianism”.
“The conditionality proposal never needed to be part of budget negotiations to begin with. Governments chose to bundle it with budget talks, and wanted to get the mechanism approved unanimously, along with the MFF. This seemed feasible because problematic governments, like Hungary and Poland, were not in such a strong position to object, given their heavy reliance on EU money. But the urgency of economic recovery has strengthened the hand of authoritarians, who can threaten to block a budget agreement that other countries want passed urgently.”
“If Merkel brings the conditionality proposal back after the recovery fund and MFF are passed, she is more likely to get agreement on the Commission’s original (and also better) proposal. That’s because procedures allow this specific law to be adopted using normal majority voting, rather than the unanimity required for the budget as a whole. This way, the EU’s authoritarians won’t be able to stop it passing – and stealing public resources while strangling liberties will become considerably costlier.” 👈
* Take it for what it’s worth, but nothing would surprise us at this point with Merkel. She can act like your friend in person with her calculating demeanor, but inside she is a calculating and ruthless politician.
Unfortunately, sooner or later this plan will pass, Merkel will make sure of it, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this “conditionality’ will not become an issue at a later date.
One way or another, these forces are coming after Hungary and Poland. Eventually, it will become a choice between sovereignty or member state status.