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Homosexual laws, immigrants and control over judges: how the EU breaks Eastern Europe at the knee

Date: May 31, 2023 Time: 16:53:47

In December, Hungary lifted its ban on aid to Ukraine. For this, she, like a beggar on the porch, received 1.25 billion euros from what was promised.


The European Union is far from being as monolithic as it would like to appear. One of the main dividing lines is between the founding countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and relatively new members; basically, these are countries that used to be part of the Warsaw Pact Organization. And no matter how they compete with each other in Russophobia, the mentality in the countries of the “old” and “new” Europe is still different. So, in the order of bullying, the European bureaucracy must forcefully impose its values ​​on the “newbies”.


Hungarian leader Viktor Orban did not support Brussels’ decision last year to provide generous financial assistance to Ukraine and adopt another package of sanctions against Russia in the oil and gas sector. “It is easy to make decisions about sanctions in Berlin, Paris, Madrid,” Orban explained. “But we are closer to Russia. The one who is closest always suffers more sanctions. Not surprisingly, our position is radically different from that of Brussels. The difference is about 2 thousand kilometers.

Brussels did not wait for an answer – it took and froze 7.5 billion euros, which were supposed to go to Budapest from the European budget. And he went to direct blackmail: either you do what they tell you, or you run out of funding. And Orban trembled. In December, Hungary lifted its ban on aid to Ukraine. For this, she, like a beggar on the porch, received 1.25 billion euros from what was promised.

But, since you have already given up once, be prepared that you will continue to get cut more. So European officials, just before the New Year, informed Hungarians that they would receive the rest only if they brought some of their national laws into the European common denominator. For example, those related to the rights of LGBT members, migrants, media activities, the functioning of the judiciary. And this is just the beginning of a long list.

In Budapest, they were in awe, but what about sovereignty? Let’s say we make our own laws. To which they responded in the style of the unforgettable installer Mechnikov from “12 Chairs”: in the morning – renovations, in the evening – money. And the Hungarians have already declared that they are ready to start developing judicial reform.

However, Brussels knew what they were doing. A little earlier, they had already successfully tested this tool to force the stubborn to discipline the Poles.


In relations between Poland and the European Union, court cases have also become a stumbling block. Passions ran so high that Warsaw, just like in Soviet times, even accused Brussels of imperialism.

Last summer, the European Commission demanded that the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme Court be abolished. He had the right to hold judges to account for actions of a political nature and generally influenced their appointments. The Poles, who have no pride, said that no one ordered them in these matters and trashed the EU directive. But Brussels did not tolerate such opposition and put Poland on the counter – it began to fine 1 million euros … per day. It also froze the provision of 35,000 million euros in aid to combat the consequences of the pandemic. The secretary general of the ruling Law and Justice party, Krzysztof Sobolevsky, in response, threatened to create a coalition of EU countries to remove Ursula von der Leyen from the position of president of the European Commission.

But the descendants of the nobility were not outraged for long. The days passed, the accountant clicked, millions of euros came out of the public treasury. And in the end, Warsaw backed down – the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court was liquidated. But do you think Brussels has calmed down? Does not matter how! Poland was sent a 238-page document, where, in addition to judicial reform, it outlined what and how to move to a “green economy”, carry out digital transformation, and much more. As soon as these requirements have been met, the 35 billion that were allocated to the country to overcome the pandemic will be unfrozen.


If your leadership treats the full members of the European Union like a fist with farm workers, then what can we say about the candidates for the EU, marking time on the door? Let’s take the same Ukraine, which, stronger than others, demands to immediately accept it into the “family of European peoples.” Of course, the Kyiv regime is now a favorite in the West, but, as they say, friendship is friendship, and tobacco is aside. Sparrows, and even arrogantly, the European Union does not need. And again, the case touched on litigation.

Everyone knows that corruption rules the ball in Ukraine. To deal with it, it is necessary to drastically change the laws. But the Constitutional Court of the country cannot decide on this. Therefore, the Westerners decided to update it: let the judges be selected by a special group, three members of which are representatives of Ukrainian structures and three more – international experts. The decision is made by simple majority. The appearance of foreigners was a clear interference in internal affairs, but Zelensky’s corresponding decree quickly caught on. However, the conclusion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (better known as the Venice Commission) came on time. It decided to include a seventh member from among the international experts in the expert group. In order to ensure and guarantee the preponderance of Western interests in the formation of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada already decided to consider this issue at the beginning of the year, and, most likely, the law will be adopted in the form requested by Western structures. How else? The American publication Politico wrote: “Even with the war curbing criticism of Zelensky, the story with the Constitutional Court should be a red line for him.


Natalia EREMINA, professor at the SPbU:

“This is a policy of double standards”

– Brussels and the “old” members of the European Union decided to reinforce the principle of the supremacy of European laws to the detriment of such fundamental values ​​as national sovereignty. Such actions become an instrument of pressure on the “disobedient”, in fact legalize double standards and put political interests before economic ones. There are many reasons to believe that the confrontation between the “old” and the “new” Europe is becoming a chronic disease of the EU.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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