Ursula, it’s crunch time! Von der Leyen is in for a year of HELL as the ‘biggest test of mandate’ approaches.
URSULA VON DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission, faces her toughest year yet as the “biggest test of her mandate” looms in a year of hell.
The news comes as more tension between the EU and its growing number of dissatisfied members is expected, with Poland appearing to be a leading contender.
The flagrant disregard for the rule of law, media pluralism, and other fundamental rights demonstrated by Poland and Hungary, as well as a few other EU capitals, has created a dangerous schism in the bloc.
“I’d say protecting the EU legal order is not just a ‘big’ test for von der Leyen – it is the test of her mandate, and certainly for 2022,” political commentator Mujtaba Rahman wrote on Twitter in response to the situation.
“No quick resolution appears likely,” he added.
“Unless this rot is soon fixed, it will seriously corrode solidarity among member states, weaken the union’s legal order — and thus the single market — and hamper the union’s effectiveness at a time of greater challenges,” an FT column said of the current situation.
“How the EU, particularly Brussels and Berlin, deal with this crippling fracture will be a defining issue for 2022, with far-reaching consequences,” it added.
Some have questioned whether the EU should assert its supranational grip over Warsaw as Poland seeks sovereignty over its legal and constitutional rights.
Zbigniew Ziobro, Poland’s Justice Minister, has asked a Polish court to rule on whether a mechanism linking European Union funds to rule of law is in accordance with the country’s constitution.
“The European conditionality mechanism is inherently dangerous,” he stated.
It empowers the European Commission to use blackmail and even extreme economic violence for arbitrary political reasons.”
“That is why I decided to refer the matter to Poland’s Constitutional Court,” Mr Ziobro said.
The European Union, on the other hand, believes that the problem can be solved if Poland complies with three demands laid out by Brussels.
The disciplinary chamber would be abolished, the disciplinary rules would be altered, and dismissed judges would be reinstated, among other things.
The first demand appears to have been accepted by Poland, but the second and third demands have been rejected.
In fact, Warsaw has floated the idea of more supreme and lower court reforms, which has Von der Leyen and Brussels’ power corridors concerned.
“The handling,” the Financial Times (FT) argued.
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