Thursday, January 26, 2023

Germany and France want to take away veto right on foreign policy

Based on reporting by portal DoRzeczy_pl
: Currently, the European Union applies the principle of unanimity to the most important decisions. It is intended to protect the interests of small and medium-sized countries. 

Last May, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that if the EU was to act faster, including in the context of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, the unanimity rule "makes no sense" in key areas of EU policy.

On Sunday, the governments of France and Germany held a joint meeting, after which they issued a declaration that both countries were ready to abandon the existing veto mechanism on foreign policy and EU finances in favor of qualified majority voting. The Franco-German declaration says that both countries are ready for a long-term project to change the EU treaties.

MEP, Patryk Jaki, posted the following comment on Twitter:

Germany and France want to take away Poland's right to veto foreign policy. [...] Germany and France (within the EU), despite Poland's opposition, will be able to conduct diplomatic policy with Russia on its behalf. Step by step, they are taking away our sovereignty.