V4 failure to support Poland against Tusk a mistake; they simply cannot afford to lose Poland 🇵🇱

V4 failure to support Poland against Tusk a mistake; they simply cannot afford to lose Poland 🇵🇱

Poland is upset and one cannot blame them. Their decision to oppose the election of Donald Tusk was not without merit. There is a history. It is quite obvious the EU has been at war with the government in Poland, trying to discredit and isolate them as “populists” and “renegades”. There has been the threat of sanctions and “suspending EU voting rights” over their internal disputes with the opposition in Poland.

That opposition just happens to be Tusk’s party, the Civic Platform. Will Tusk use his EU position to attack the ruling government and influence internal politics in Poland, as Brussels seeks more control over Nation States? Many think he already has. (Perhaps a better question is why Brussels has so much power to begin with.)

Another question being asked by many in Poland today: Where was the V4 support for such a reliable ally? This was a colossal mistake by the V4 not to support Poland on the issue of Tusk; one expected the feeble PM of Czech republic (Sobotka) to fold, but not Hungary and Slovakia. This decision not only showed disunity and weakness, but it will come back to bite them all later.

Donald Tusk continues to work against all in the V4 on the migrant quotas. He is just another “Yes-Man” for Angela Merkel and Germany inside the EU. Tusk continues to peddle the false “shared solidarity” slogan that would require the V4 to accept migrants, despite the reality that there was never any “European solidarity” to begin with on multiculturalism and mass Muslim migration. The V4 did not boast about “We can do it”, they did not surrender their borders for open entry, nor did they rollover like Sweden and Austria to accommodate Queen Merkel’s vision. The V4 wanted the borders secured and the migrants stopped from the beginning. Now Tusk and the EU want to blackmail Poland and others into accepting the quotas. This forced and artificial “relocation” solidarity will not happen.

While this writer has confidence in and will continue to fully support Hungary’s Viktor Orban (very hard to find fault with Orban; he has been the most reliable and outspoken defender of Europe and the Nation State – and will no doubt continue in this role), I respectfully believe he misses the point when labeling the Tusk battle as “not winnable”.

Consider the EU quota vote of 2015, when the V4 first opposed the unjust mandate. Was this “winnable”? It was not, but a greater showing of opposition would have helped delegitimize any pretense of “solidarity”.

What happened? The V4 was united going into that vote with the entire block promising a “NO” vote. However, in a last minute meeting behind closed doors with Tusk, the Civic Platform (Tusk’s Party which was the ruling government of Poland at the time) stabbed Orban and the V4 in the back when they suddenly reversed their vote to “YES” on the EU quotas.

Did Tusk not influence this decision with HIS party on the EU’s behalf? Would not have a “NO” vote from the entire V4 bloc, including its largest member, added more leverage to the fact that this was not really about EU solidarity? I believe PM Beata Szydlo and the new government in Poland have answered these questions.

Soon after taking power, they reversed the Civic Platform’s betrayal of Poland and the V4 by refusing to accept the mandated quotas. In other words, they not only backed Orban in his lonely fight against quotas, but they helped make his fight stronger. Today, others have joined the cause and quotas are all but an EU fantasy. Don’t tell me the fight does not matter in the long run; sometimes one must lose a battle in order to win the war.

Now, the EU has embarrassed the government in Poland as Juncker and Tusk mock them about “language they can understand”. The V4 left Poland to hang alone; for this, they will all pay the price. The media will use this not only to continue their venomous attacks on Poland, but to attempt to divide the V4 as well – to slowly deliver body blows to their once invincible unity.

The V4 did not think this through; they look weak now. Therefore, they must take four immediate steps to respond:

1. Must publicly announce that Tusk should not abuse his power at the EU to promote his agenda in Poland.

2. Proclaim their “line in the sand” on migrant quotas; they will not be forced or blackmailed into accepting them. It is best the EU “move on” to real solutions.

3. Instead, the V4 and other states will provide troops, cash, and equipment to help Greece and Italy to seal the borders, deny entry, and to deport the migrants “outside of Europe”. Italy, especially, needs to “play ball” to allow others to help them. This “Open Entry-Wave Through” game must end.

4. The V4 will be united in vetoing any ridiculous EU sanctions on Poland.

This may have seemed like a small dispute to some, but both Poland and the EU know that the future stakes involved much more. The V4 has been stellar so far, but they cannot let their guard down – for they have a big target on their back.

But most of all, the V4 simply cannot afford to lose Poland 🇵🇱

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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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