EU Summit side notes…without the ‘home spin’: Personality clashes along with some unfortunate and inconsistent statements.

EU Summit side notes…without the ‘home spin’: Personality clashes along with some unfortunate and inconsistent statements.

EU Summit side notes…without the ‘home spin’: Personality clashes along with some unfortunate and inconsistent statements.
Whether it’s Mark Rutte (the Netherlands) or Mateusz Morawiecki (Poland), one cannot defend one’s own sovereignty while expecting others to surrender theirs.
Perhaps, this is the problem with the EU leviathan. Oh well, as we said a few days ago, now the ‘home spin’ for domestic consumption from all sides.
The V4 Report found this whole summit nauseating, and opposed this monstrosity and the power being vested in Brussels that will take the EU closer to a shared budget and central government one step at a time.
We agreed with Viktor Orban the first time around (a month ago), when he called the plan “absurd and perverse”, and was suspicious not only of ‘debt mutualization’ but also the shift towards greater EU integration.
* Merkel and Macron should realize others are not there to serve their interests, but to represent their countries.
– According to witnesses, at one point Macron thumped the table, berated Sebastian Kurz for leaving to take a call (👻) and accused Mark Rutte of behaving like former British Premier David Cameron — who took a hard line at EU summits and ended up leading his country into a referendum to quit the bloc.
** Whatever one thinks of Mark Rutte of the Netherlands (the V4 Report is not a fan), one can partly admire his stance in Brussels. After Sunday’s raucous dinner, Macron accused both Rutte and Kurz of putting the entire EU project in danger through “egotism” and threatened to storm off if they did not listen to his and Merkel’s advice. (Talk about egotism.) 😂
Rutte responded that he was in Brussels to take care of his own country, not to befriend leaders and “go to each other’s birthdays” — Merkel turned 66 on Friday, the first day of the talks, and received gifts from some fellow leaders.
Agree or disagree with Rutte’s rational regarding the budget, one cannot fault him for looking after his own taxpayers first…that’s what his people elected him to do, just as Hungarians elected Viktor Orban to look after their interests first. Who is Macron of France to question this?
The problem with Rutte is his own glaring inconsistencies, slandering Hungary for taking care of its own interests in regards to the rule of law.
*** But it was not only Macron bashing leaders defending their taxpayers. This leads us to the inconsistencies of Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki. On Monday, he correctly said that he would not allow the EU to put “rule of law” conditions on Poland receiving EU budget cash.
“For (the compromise) to be acceptable to Poland, we must obtain what we’ve asked for from the beginning: No discretionary powers for EU bodies, EU institutions regarding the rule of law,” Morawiecki told Polish media in Brussels.
We believe Morawiecki’s stand on this issue to be just, looking out for the best interests of his country first.
However, Morawiecki then railed against the ‘frugals’ on Monday, branding them “a group of stingy, egotistic states that look at things very narrowly through the prism of their own interests”. Wow.
What was this statement all about? Is the PM of the Netherlands not permitted to defend the interests of his taxpayers?
Morawiecki needs to be careful criticizing others on this issue of sovereignty and self-determination. Why? The sovereignty of the state must be the forefront of any debate.
Just as Poland and Visegrad must resist EU solidarity in regards to taking-in EU migrant quotas for “their own interests”, the Polish PM needs to be careful about lashing out at others for defending “their own interests” in regards to the budget.
We wholeheartedly agree with Morawiecki regarding the rule of law, but it’s a little bit dicey for the PM to label the largest contributors as “stingy” when Poland is one of the largest recipients of this aid.
Whether it’s Hungary or the Netherlands, the V4 Report believes the interests of the nation state comes before Merkel’s EU project.
The difference is that while Orban is a full-time defender, Rutte picks and chooses when it’s convenient for him.
Consistency matters, Mateusz.
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