Saturday, May 11, 2024

German newspaper: It was a transaction between von der Leyen and Tusk

  Anybody who observes Polish politics without any bias would have noticed that something is wrong here. But to say so would get you branded as a nationalist and right-wing nut. Now that the German press says so, it's ok. But it still will be forgotten and swept under the rug. 

The German daily "Berliner Zeitung" writes that the closure of the procedure under Art. 7 towards Poland results from a "political transaction" between the EC and Donald Tusk.

On Monday, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that  Brussels is ready to close the Article 7 procedure initiated against Poland in 2017. She emphasized that the decision in this matter resulted from Donald Tusk's government's "hard work and determined efforts" for reforms.

"Donald Tusk wanted to reform the justice system after the PiS rule. President Andrzej Duda is blocking the changes. Chaos has resulted, and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is looking away," writes German publicist Klaus Bachmann in "Berliner Zeitung."

Bachmann explains that the European Commission has concluded that there is no longer a clear risk of a serious breach of the "rule of law" in Poland and announced the closure of the procedure under Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union: "This is good news for the new Polish government and broad masses of Polish society."

The author calls the EC's decision a "political transaction" - Ursula von der Leyen needs Polish votes to remain as head of the EC, and the Polish government needs money from EU funds.

So, the clear and present danger of political corruption is fine as long as the "good guys" win. Donal Tusk gets to "reform" the Polish justice system even though most of his actions are unconstitutional, and Ursula von der Leyen gets to stay in the EC leadership despite serious accusations, and I mean very serious accusations, of inappropriate handling of COVID-19 vaccine contracts.

- Based on reporting by Dorzeczy.