White smoke has risen from the chimney, the new leaders who will guide the European Union for the next 5 years have been, for the most part, chosen. And they’re all freaking awful, leaving one wonder if the EU is not self-sabotaging itself
With much enthusiasm, the EU Council Press has announced the appointment of their new leaders, supposedly the fittest for the tasks and problems that will arise until 2024. So let’s have a look at these fresh faces, beacons of competence and popularity within their own countries. Ladies first.
Ursula Von der Leyen – For starters, her nomination comes as especially controversial since she did not campaign a single day in order to be elected for office, which European MPs have said would be a crucial qualification for anyone to take the EU’s top post. The first woman ever leading the German Defense ministry, Von der Leyen, a special kind of incompetent and nepotic has faced a parliamentary investigation in December last year, over claims of poor management and nepotism in relation to her department’s awarding of contracts and close relationship with defence consultants. Ursula was also embroiled in a scandal about possible plagiarism and errors in her doctorate.
Christine LaGarde, former France’s Finance Minister, with also a history of incompetence and corruption, has been found guilty in 2016 of negligence by a French court over a massive payout to a tycoon when she was finance minister.
Lagarde was found to be at fault for failing to challenge a €404 million compensation payout to businessman Bernard Tapie over the sale of the Adidas sports brand to Credit Lyonnais bank. LaGarde was never fined or faced prison.
The candidate for the new President of the European Council, the Belgian Charles Michel, a known globalist and a supporter of the insane UN migration pact which makes migration a human right, has said “My country will be on the right side of history!” as he signed the pact which effectively ends the sovereignty of European countries over their own borders Worldwide. He offered his resignation just days after one of his main coalition partners quit in a row over migration.
Last but not least, we take a turn to Southern Europe with the Spanish Josep, Borrel Fontelles, as the candidate for High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. With his track already stained (seems like it’s a pre-requirement in the EU nowadays), Borrell ordered the sale of 9,030 euros ($10,400) of Abengoa SA shares in November 2015 when he had access to private information as a board member of the Spanish renewable energy company. The shares didn’t belong to Borrell but to a person close to him and the investigation began last year, the CNMV said. The socialist politician ended up being fined in 30,000 euros by the regulatory body considering that he committed a “very serious infraction” when using privileged information in said operation.
This brand new basket of appointed European politicians proposed to represent the people, most of them drawn in corruption scandals, accusations of nepotism or simply incompetence, are tragically comic indeed, leaving one wonder if European Union politicians don’t want to want to sabotage the Union themselves.
The strategic agenda focuses on four main priorities:
protecting citizens and freedoms
developing a strong and vibrant economic base
building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
promoting European interests and values on the global stage
It also sets out how to achieve those objectives.
Europe must be a place where people feel free and safe. The EU must defend the fundamental rights and freedoms of its citizens and protect them against existing and emerging threats.
The main priorities of the European Council in this area are:
effective control of the external borders
fighting illegal migration and human trafficking through better cooperation with countries of origin and transit
agreeing an effective asylum policy
ensuring proper functioning of Schengen
improving cooperation and information-sharing to fight terrorism and cross-border crime
increasing the EU’s resilience against both natural and man-made disasters
protecting our societies from malicious cyber activities, hybrid threats and disinformation
Europe’s competitiveness, prosperity, jobs and role on the global stage all depend on a strong economic base. In this field, the European Council is focusing on:
deepening the Economic and Monetary Union
completing the banking and capital markets union
strengthening the international role of the euro
strengthening cohesion in the EU
working on all aspects of the digital revolution and artificial intelligence: infrastructure, connectivity, services, data, regulation and investment
reducing the fragmentation of European research, development and innovation activities
ensuring fair competition within the EU and on the global stage
Europe needs to step up its action to manage climate change, which is an ‘existential threat’. It also needs to embrace technological evolution and globalisation while making sure that no-one is left behind. Priority actions identified by the European Council include:
ensuring that EU policies are consistent with the Paris Agreement
accelerating the transition to renewables and increasing energy efficiency
reducing dependence on outside sources, diversifying supplies and investing in solutions for the mobility of the future
improving the quality of our air and waters
promoting sustainable agriculture
implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights at EU and member state level
calling on all EU countries to move forward and step up their climate action
In a world of increasing uncertainty, complexity and change, the EU needs to pursue a strategic course of action and increase its capacity to act autonomously to safeguard its interests, uphold its values and way of life, and help shape the global future. In this area, the European Council has agreed the following key actions:
supporting the UN and key multilateral organisations
promoting sustainable development and implementing the 2030 agenda
cooperating with partner countries on migration
upholding the European perspective for European states able and willing to join the EU
developing a comprehensive partnership with Africa
ensuring ambitious and robust trade policy, within the reformed WTO and at the bilateral level between the EU and it partners
cooperating closely with NATO
Delivering on our priorities
This strategic agenda is the first step in a process that will be taken forward by the EU institutions and the member states. The European Council will follow the implementation of these priorities closely and will define further general political directions and priorities as necessary.
The EU must be big on big and small on small. It must leave economic and social actors the space to breathe, to create and to innovate. It will be important to engage with citizens, civil society and social partners, as well as with regional and local actors.
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