German-led EU Commission bites the German hand that feeds it
EU President (ex-German Defence Sec) launches EU retaliation strike against Germany
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Nine months after her appointment, the EU Commission President goes to war with Germany
Last week, the German Constitutional Court, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, declared the actions of the ECB (European Central Bank) to be unlawful and also slammed the judgements of the CJEU (Court of Justice of the EU), saying they were not binding on Germany.
On Thursday last week, Brexit Facts4EU.Org published an important article about the verdict of Germany’s top court, which all readers can access here.
On Sunday evening, the EU Commission published a statement from its President about the decision of the German Court. The statement is decidedly curt in comparison with most EU Commission statements, and contains none of the usual niceties. We publish it in full below.
Extraordinary times in Brussels, as “EU Solidarity” is blown apart in opening skirmishes
The former German Defence Secretary, Ursula von der Leyen, was parachuted in as EU Commission President last year when none of the leaders of the EU countries could agree on any candidates put forward by the EU Parliament.
As ever, the EU Parliament made protests but then meekly went along with the EU Council’s eventual last-minute nomination of Frau von der Leyen.
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Hers was not a popular appointment, though. She was the only candidate and was duly nodded through as usual, but only by eight votes out of 750.
Full statement by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, 10 May 2020
“The recent ruling of the German Constitutional Court put under the spotlight two issues of the European Union: the Euro system and the European legal system.
“We take good note of the clear statement of the European Court of Justice of 8 May.
“In the same vein, the European Commission upholds three basic principles: that the Union's monetary policy is a matter of exclusive competence; that EU law has primacy over national law and that rulings of the European Court of Justice are binding on all national courts.
“The final word on EU law is always spoken in Luxembourg. Nowhere else.
“The European Commission's task is to safeguard the proper functioning of the Euro system and the Union's legal system.
“We are now analysing the ruling of the German Constitutional Court in detail. And we will look into possible next steps, which may include the option of infringement proceedings.
“The European Union is a community of values and of law, which must be upheld and defended at all times. This is what keeps us together. This is what we stand for.”
We would suggest that if readers review our article last Thursday and then read the EU Commission's reaction to the German court's verdict, this is extremely strong stuff.
Indeed, it seems that the EU Commission President von der Leyen was so angry that she forgot to call the EU's top court by its correct name. She refers to it as the “European Court of Justice” when in fact it changed its name some years ago to the “Court of Justice of the European Union”. (We think the Court realised that its original name was defamatory to the rest of European countries which are NOT part of the EU.)
EU to take infringement proceedings against Germany and its top court?
For Brexiteers it doesn’t get much better than this. The EU Commission – now led by the former German Defence Secretary – returning fire against the country she was recently responsible for defending?
Or perhaps that should be “oh Ode to Joy”.
On that note, readers might like to remind themselves of the opening verse from Ludwig von Beethoven and his lyricist Friedrich Schiller. (Yes Remoaners, we know they weren't the Elton John and Bernie Taupin of their era and that the poem was written before the symphony. Please get a sense of humour.)
This is of course the EU’s national anthem which we would all have had to sing if we had followed the exhortations of the British Establishment to stay in the EU. Indeed it is the anthem which the Labour, LibDem, SNP and other parties would still prefer you to be singing.
All together now…
Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
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[ Sources: EU Commission | Bundesverfassungsgerichte (German Constitutional Court) | Court of Justice of the European Union ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.
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