Czech republic: PM Sobotka & CSSD pandering to Merkel

Czech republic: PM Sobotka & CSSD pandering to Merkel

Angela Merkel is coming to the Czech republic.  As I pointed out in my August 13 post, this represents an enormous opportunity for Czech leaders not only to reaffirm what is working (economic, trade), but to express to her what is not working and will not work (open borders and migrant quotas).

PM Sobotka and his “German pandering” advisors seem too “star-struck” with Merkel to deal with her as equals.  This is unfortunate.  Already, Team Sobotka has gone out of their way to stress that this visit is not about the migrant crisis dividing the EU.  True, one can talk about how well both economies are doing and efforts to continue with what is working; however, it would be irresponsible and negligent not to challenge the Chancellor’s migration policies.  After all, her EU solution is to keep the EU border open to all that seek it, and then to develop a permanent refugee resettlement mechanism (forced quotas) for every member state, including the Czech Republic.

This is not the Czech position, nor is the multiculturalism of France and Western Europe a way of life that Czechs would tolerate.  However, this is Merkel’s Vision not only for Germany, but the entire EU as well.  Sobotka and his CSSD party cannot just “wish this away”; they may not want to talk about it, but you can be certain that Angela Merkel does.  She may look feeble at times, but she is a relentless and tough women. Merkel will seek to “break” the unity of the V4 on their opposition to her policies and she knows Sobotka, who aims to please Brussels, is the weak link.  In addition, one of his closest advisors, former PM and Brussels bureaucrat Spidla, is virtually a lobbyist for Berlin.  His advice may be tainted and may not be in the best interests of the citizens of the Czech Republic.

But this visit cannot be wasted with just songs of solidarity.  It represents a golden opportunity to inform Merkel that the CR strongly disagrees with her policies and that she needs to respect not only Czech sovereignty but the Czech culture and way of life.  A healthy relationship between two countries cannot exist while one attempts to subject the other.  The Czech Republic cannot control the internal policies of Germany; nor should they allow Germany to determine theirs.   Merkel has to be told this in a professional but strong manner that demands respect; otherwise, her demands will continue.

The V4 has so far, for the most part, been united and their early opposition helped change the debate; more nations are starting to follow their lead.  It is vital that the Czech republic stands with the others in the V4, for if Merkel breaks their unity, she may prevail in the end. This would be a disaster for both Europe and the Czech Republic.

Unfortunately, I do not believe Sobotka and the CSSD have the strength and fortitude to defy Merkel.  The one person who does and who has openly said he will defy the EU and Merkel on quotas is Finance Minister Babis. No wonder Sobotka wants to keep Babis detained and “away from the Merkel ball”; he does not want Babis stealing the spotlight before the fall elections.

Babis is not the token opposition Merkel craves; in fact his business resume gives him the credentials to challenge her strongly.  In other words, while his years in government may be dwarfed by Merkel, in many other ways he may be in a league above her (yes this writer values a successful private career over a career in government service).  At the very least, he will deal with her as an equal and not a “fan in awe”.

One gets the sense that Babis knows the stakes.  On the other hand, Sobotka seems to be trying to play both sides by trying to talk tough for Czechs while bowing to Merkel and Brussels in the end.  On August 25th, we may find out where Sobotka’s true heart belongs.

 

 

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* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪: Angela Merkel’s scheme to link EU money to migration quotas faces stiff opposition from not just Visegrad, but from others as well. Even Luxembourg 🇱🇺 is skeptical.

** Instead of rewarding countries that fight to reduce illegal migration by securing borders and implementing measures to rapidly deport the migrants outside of Europe, the leaders of Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands want to reward nations that take-in large amounts of migrants. This seems odd and counterproductive.

One can only imagine the bribes, kickbacks and corruption that would result from this fiasco, which would only encourage more incentives for the migrants to seek Europe, especially given Western Europe’s lack of will to deport.

- According to the Financial Times, Merkel’s proposal to link EU money to migration policy was roundly criticised by Berlin’s traditional budget allies in Austria and Luxembourg, as well as the EU’s newer members in Central Europe.

Berlin’s proposal to link parts of the large “cohesion funding” budget to measures on migrant relocation provoked a backlash.

The PM of Austria 🇦🇹, Sebastian Kurz, was direct and to the point explaining that the budget should bolster Europe’s external border controls rather than rewarding countries that host migrants. “Solidarity is much more than sheltering refugees,” Kurz said.

Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania’s 🇱🇹 president, said cohesion funding was for “better convergence, not for anything else”.

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s premier, said the German plan risked stoking backlash from Europe. “If we link the funds to migration questions, then we’ll be punished afterwards — not by the governments but the people,” he said.

While the V4 Report often disagrees with the PM of Luxembourg, he is absolutely correct. If this measure is forced on Central Europe, the people will punish Brussels and the EU will likely break. This is unacceptable.

However, France is more receptive to the German plan, and is pushing for countries also to consider tying budget cash to a country’s labour market standards and its tax policy.

It’s tax policy? Why would the nation states allow Brussels or Paris to meddle in their tax policies? This is not only “anti-competitive” and ludicrous but represents another step towards federalization.

Clearly, there is no solidarity regarding migration and the issue is very divisive and bitter. The disconnect between the EU West and Central Europe is too deep to solve the migration crisis under the false slogan of “EU solidarity”.

Something will have to give or break.

- On a more positive note, leaders on Friday rejected automatically approving the candidates to emerge from the parliament elections next year. This was the system that brought Jean-Claude Juncker to power as European Commission president in 2013.

The so-called “lead candidate” or Spitzenkandidaten system ties the commission job to the result of the European Parliament elections. This has been criticised for giving too much power to MEPs to decide on one of the EU’s most influential posts.

The V4 Report agrees and would soundly recommend any measure that grants the European Parliament (EP) more power. In fact, we believe the EP must be marginalized and radically downsized. It is a circus.

*** Migration has exposed the flaws of the EU, which is more divided than ever. It has also severely discredited and weakened Merkel’s standing in Europe. She looks finished.

There will be plenty of battles on the horizon but the multicult EU Project seems to be self-destructing. The legacy of Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi and the arrogant bureaucrats of Brussels will not be remembered well.

They have failed Europe. It’s time to move on.

www.ft.com/content/7d6c1bea-18b3-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44
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* Germany 🇪🇺🇩🇪:  Angela Merkel’s scheme to link EU money to migration quotas faces stiff opposition from not just Visegrad, but from others as well. Even Luxembourg 🇱🇺 is skeptical.  

** Instead of rewarding countries that fight to reduce illegal migration by securing borders and implementing measures to rapidly deport the migrants outside of Europe, the leaders of Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands want to reward nations that take-in large amounts of migrants.  This seems odd and counterproductive.

One can only imagine the bribes, kickbacks and corruption that would result from this fiasco, which would only encourage more incentives for the migrants to seek Europe, especially given Western Europe’s lack of will to deport.

- According to the Financial Times, Merkel’s proposal to link EU money to migration policy was roundly criticised by Berlin’s traditional budget allies in Austria and Luxembourg, as well as the EU’s newer members in Central Europe.

Berlin’s proposal to link parts of the large “cohesion funding” budget to measures on migrant relocation provoked a backlash.

The PM of Austria 🇦🇹, Sebastian Kurz, was direct and to the point explaining that the budget should bolster Europe’s external border controls rather than rewarding countries that host migrants. “Solidarity is much more than sheltering refugees,” Kurz said.

Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania’s 🇱🇹 president, said cohesion funding was for “better convergence, not for anything else”.

Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s premier, said the German plan risked stoking backlash from Europe.  “If we link the funds to migration questions, then we’ll be punished afterwards — not by the governments but the people,” he said. 

While the V4 Report often disagrees with the PM of Luxembourg, he is absolutely correct.  If this measure is forced on Central Europe, the people will punish Brussels and the EU will likely break.  This is unacceptable.

However, France is more receptive to the German plan, and is pushing for countries also to consider tying budget cash to a country’s labour market standards and its tax policy. 

It’s tax policy?  Why would the nation states allow Brussels or Paris to meddle in their tax policies?  This is not only “anti-competitive” and ludicrous but represents another step towards federalization.

Clearly, there is no solidarity regarding migration and the issue is very divisive and bitter.  The disconnect between the EU West and Central Europe is too deep to solve the migration crisis under the false slogan of “EU solidarity”.

Something will have to give or break.

- On a more positive note, leaders on Friday rejected automatically approving the candidates to emerge from the parliament elections next year. This was the system that brought Jean-Claude Juncker to power as European Commission president in 2013.

The so-called “lead candidate” or Spitzenkandidaten system ties the commission job to the result of the European Parliament elections.  This has been criticised for giving too much power to MEPs to decide on one of the EU’s most influential posts. 

The V4 Report agrees and would soundly recommend any measure that grants the European Parliament (EP) more power.  In fact, we believe the EP must be marginalized and radically downsized.  It is a circus.

*** Migration has exposed the flaws of the EU, which is more divided than ever.  It has also severely discredited and weakened Merkel’s standing in Europe.  She looks finished.

There will be plenty of battles on the horizon but the multicult EU Project seems to be self-destructing.  The legacy of Angela Merkel, Matteo Renzi and the arrogant bureaucrats of Brussels will not be remembered well.

They have failed Europe.  It’s time to move on.

https://www.ft.com/content/7d6c1bea-18b3-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44

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You are so right. In fact, what I think they have done is they have destroyed the EU project. It is truly disintegrating. Falling apart. Merkel, Macron and Juncker's legacy will be as the ones who dismantled the union.

she said wir schaffen dass, maybe thought take the money from others...at least

Europe's leaders lost their mind. The time is soon for countries to decide whether they want to stay in the EU, or not.

Hi guys. Your quote from Bettel is not correct. What he said was that cutting funds will punish people and not governments. He never said anything about people punishing governments as you have interpreted his words. Merkel's idea too seems crazy only on the surface. What she actually means is securing EU funds for Germany's migrant infested regions.

She is intoxicated.

Somebody TAKE this woman OUT of there !! Cant stand her!!! She hates us, european people! She is of course working with Soros plan!! OUT OUt OUT||

She is not even Chanceler yet because she failed to form a coalition so far!!

Kdyby koalice zkrachovala a Makrel by musela nové volby !Toto si přeji a ne aby dále měla hlavní slovo tento novodobý Adolf a vládla dále - nadělala moc škody a ještě nám bude poroučet a škodit stačilo nechci!!!!

stupid german cow

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* Italy 🇮🇹: Video of growing tension in Pisa as March 4th election nears. Violent charges in the late afternoon as police block left-wing, anti-Salvini mob.

The police presence looks too light to us. There should be more to keep the streets safe. The Italian election is getting intense and will be one to watch.

Good luck to Matteo Salvini and Lega Nord

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SCONTRI A PISA Tensione crescente in vista delle elezioni. Violente cariche nel tardo pomeriggio a Pisa. La polizia blocca corteo anti-Salvini
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Mi a szart figyeljünk rajta??? A nemzetközi ballib, Sorosék, az EU, az ENSz, nem engedi, hogy a jobboldal nyerjen! Csak a ballib oldal. Ennyi! Mit figyeljünk rajta????

Why?😤😤😤😤😤😤

What is anti salvini?

tam sa to otoci, ziadni migranti a ti co su pojdu do mora

You Italians do not respect the rule of law. In Poland, the police are not attacking calm protesting people.

Ezaz aprítani a csőcseléket!

aha..the democratic liberals who "accept others"... sure....what is this red flag with star at the end of script?

liberal love and tolerance :D

Úgy látom Pisa nem turista célpont egyenlőre.😕

It is like Trum election, the same modus operandi... Exactly, i bet some open societies are behind these riots......George Soros, as always

Polizziotti bravi, cosi sapra la sinistra defficiente , di che cosa si sta parlando!

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