Saturday, December 4, 2021

People who orchestrated a "rule-of-law" campaign against Poland threaten journalists over sleaze claims

 Was Poland right? Poland's "crimes" against the "rule of law" look like nothing compared to what is happening inside the EU institutions.

The French daily, Libération, writes about the financial scandal in the institutions of the European Union with the participation of politicians from the European People's Party. Last week, the newspaper accused the president of the European Court of Auditors, Klaus-Heiner Lehn, of embezzling public funds. This week, the French newspaper writes about the scandal involving judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission.

The daily newspaper accused of a conflict of interest and trafficking in the influence of judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union – including its president, Judge Koen Lenaerts, and important EU officials associated with the European People's Party.

Libération also revealed that The European Commission, the same one that stopped $41.2 billion in pandemic recovery funding for Poland over rule-of-law claims, and the authorities of several countries pressed the European Anti-Fraud Office not to investigate the matter. Activists associated with the European People's Party (EPP) have recently taken up important positions in this office, noted the left-wing daily.

“Libération”: The EPP built a state within a state

The editor-in-chief of Libération called the matter "very serious" and said that the EPP had built a "state within a state" in the European Union. According to the journal, the government in Paris is "embarrassed" by the scandal, which may adversely affect the French presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in a month.

Several European newspapers have picked up the story, and one of the German MEPs who is on the Budgetary Control Committee commented on Twitter: "If this is confirmed, we will have a real scandal in the EU."

The accusations must have hit a chord since senior EU officials and legislators threaten to use legal action to gag journalists over the allegations.

Needless to say, the Polish ruling party and the "right-wing" press are watching those developments with great interest.