Spaniards who see the European Union as a dam against attacks on the rule of law must be experiencing great disappointment these days.
Bruselas responde con el silencio a las denuncias de la oposición español
In recent days, the Popular Party, Vox and Ciudadanos have denounced before Brussels what is happening in Spain, writing to the European institutions detailing the violations of the Constitution and judicial independence by the government of Pedro Sánchez. The European Commission's response to these complaints has been total silence. Not a criticism of the authoritarian drift of the Spanish government, not even a message to say that it is studying what is happening in Spain. Nothing at all.
To some it may seem that this silence is inexplicable. At this point, no one is aware that the president of the Commission, the German Ursula von der Leyen, has a cordial relationship with Pedro Sánchez, despite belonging to theoretically opposed parties: she is from the Christian Democratic Union, the German partner of the European People's Party, and he is a socialist. But that shouldn't be a barrier to the Commission President doing her job, and she's not doing it. Why? It's not hard to find the answer.
Popular and socialists are allies in the European institutions since 1989
In May 2019, the Spanish MEP of the Popular Party Esteban González Pons explained what is happening in the European institutions: "at the European level we are going to a centrist coalition, in the that the Popular Party is always the leading party, in second place the Socialist Party, and in which parties like Vox, from the extreme right, or like Podemos, from the extreme left, are always excluded from the table work". In fact, these coalition governments between popular and socialists in Brussels have been repeating themselves since 1989. While in the socialist and popular member countries of the EU they show themselves as rivals, in Brussels they have been allies for decades.
Von der Leyen needs the support of the socialists to continue in office
Currently, most of the members of the European Commission are socialists, followed by the popular ones. Thus, Ursula von der Leyen needs the support of the socialists to continue in office. And it just so happens that Pedro Sánchez is a socialist and, moreover, has recently chaired the Socialist International. The crude reason why the president of the Commission tolerates Sánchez's coup is more than obvious: Von der Leyen puts her personal interests above her political obligations, something that is becoming an ugly custom in the European institutions, as we are seeing in the bribery scandal that hits the socialists in the European Parliament squarely.
Brussels did persecute Poland because it has a conservative government
Things change if we talk about Poland. The Polish government belongs to a party that is a member of the Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, which is excluded from that "coalition" that González Pons spoke of. That is why Poland is being persecuted obsessively from Brussels, using as an excuse a reform of the Judiciary that was entirely legitimate (the outrage had been committed by Donald Tusk, leader of the Polish partner of the European People's Party). Subsequently, the persecution of Brussels against Poland has revealed its ideological motivation by attacking Polish pro-life legislation and even its law against pedophilia, considering that this contradicts gender ideology, an aberrant doctrine supported by socialists and popular alike.
Poland has a system of election of judges that guarantees more guarantees than the Spanish one
To this day, the Polish Constitution of 1997 establishes an election system for the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) that is very similar to that of the General Council of the Judiciary of Spain (CGPJ). The same happens with the election of its Constitutional Court. The difference between Spain and Poland was pointed out two years ago by Paweł Jabłoński, undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland: in the Slavic country the magistrates are elected by the Parliament by a majority of three fifths, something that will no longer happen in Spain because of the coup by Sánchez, which allows the government and its partners to appoint magistrates by simple majority.
Brussels did not object to the Polish system for the election of judges at the time because it was established by a Social Democratic president: Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Now, while Brussels is dedicated to harassing Poland for having a conservative government, it tolerates everything from Sánchez's socialist and communist coalition government . The European Commission said that its persecution against Poland was to preserve the rule of law, but it was a lie. In Poland, the government has not even remotely harassed the judiciary like the one that is happening in Spain, and yet it is Poland that the EU persecutes while leaving the Spanish at the feet of an authoritarian government that is liquidating theRrule of Law. And all so that Von der Leyen does not lose office with the support of his socialist friends.
Main photo: Efe.
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