Full disclosure. I love Poland. My lovely wife is Polish. Poland is a great nation, hospitable and tough.
I could have asked one of our writers to cover this topic and provide you with a more impartial view, but in all honesty, I want this one for myself. I'll square with you- I'm pretty steamed about this.
European politics of late is in chaos. Between the trifecta of Brexit negotiations, widespread Islamic terrorism and rebellious nations in the former Soviet Bloc, Brussels is finding itself on increasingly shaky ground both politically and ideologically.
Their response has been to double down on their rhetoric.
It is amazing how lacking in inventive thought the technocrat class is in Europe. When the plebians have voted the wrong way, it must be because Russia interfered. It could not be that the citizens of Europe are waking up to the brewing tyranny of the European Union. What began as a customs and trade union now wishes to build an army in a move long-denied by leftist media and Brussels itself.
When a nation wishes to part ways with the voluntary economic bloc, European Union officials suddenly become very concerned about borders and security.
Guy Verhofstadt, who is leading the EU in Brexit negotiations, visited Northern Ireland to grandstand and to take credit for ending The Troubles.
“I can tell you it was a shock to go to Belfast because the reality is that the problems are not over,” he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.
“There is peace due to the Good Friday Agreement, but there are still these tensions”, [there are fences] “twelve meters high in the twenty-first century”.
“The worst thing that can happen is to lose the peace that Europe brought."
According to Verhofstadt on the one hand Russia is meddling at will in the democratic process of the UK. On the other, the Irish will start bombing hotels again if the UK leaves, because it has only been the membership of the European Union that brought peace at all. What an insult that is to the civilians and soldiers who died during this terrible period in recent British history. Yet Mr. Verhofstadt is still bemused as to why nations are getting cold feet about his project. Guy; it's because you are a tinpot authoritarian tyrant-in-waiting. Nobody likes you.
While demanding that the UK toughens border security with Ireland, the EU has stripped borders everywhere else. That should be very concerning to all. Are we likely to see a huge problem of people fleeing the UK across the Irish border? is this going to be a site of human trafficking? Of course not. Yet, the EU demands that borders go down across the rest of Europe!
Writing for POLITICO, Dimitris Avramopoulos admits that unending and increasing migration is the future.
“Migration is deeply intertwined with our policies on economics, trade, education, and employment — to name just a few.
“At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility, and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly. The only way to make our asylum and migration policies future-proof is to collectively change our way of thinking first.
We can no longer talk only about crisis management: Migration is our new reality.”
So there you have it- with one hand the European Union points at Brexit and demands that the terrible British xenophobes be fenced in, while on the other the door to the Middle East is shoved further open.
Which brings us to Poland.
Mr. Verhofstadt is so dismayed at the Polish government refusing to become culturally enriched that he is proposing sanctions. It is claimed that these sanctions are necessary as the Polish government has undermined the rule of law. This allegation is based on the actions of the Law and Justice (PiS) Party, who have indeed taken some steps to undermine the freedom of the judiciary. This is indeed a troubling move by PiS, but the response from the EU is completely unjustified and out of proportion.
Poland : If government goes ahead undermining independence of judiciary & rule of law, we'll have no other choice than to trigger Article 7\. pic.twitter.com/nY5gfMyRAr— European Commission (@EU_Commission) July 26, 2017
Whether Poland is right or wrong on that matter is irrelevant. As usual, Poland must be punished somehow.
Article 7 of the European Union has never been triggered. it states that the values of the European Union must be upheld- which are defined in Article 2 as follows:
Respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and equality between women and men prevail.
Because Poland has decided to refuse to take so-called refugees into her lands due to security concerns -one need only look at Germany to see the validity there- The EU will vote on whether to impose sanctions. These can include suspending the member state’s voting rights!
That means the country would still be subject to EU rules but unable to make any decisions on matters that affected them. Imagine if it was your country being threatened with this tyranny. Would you capitulate? Would you support any government that did? I didn't think so. Nor, if I know anything at all, will the proud Poles.
Article 7 has never been invoked before. Not when Spain suppressed the Catalan voters with police brutality this year. No, the EU ratified that action. Nor was it deployed against France in 2009 when thousands of Roma were kicked out of the country.
Poland is being targeted with the most severe sanctions available for a minor legislative dispute.
This is because the real aim of invoking Article 7 is to crack open the borders of Poland.
Liberal Guy Verhofstadt said:
"The EU must make a stand against the rule of law backsliding being implemented by the PiS government".
What happens after these sanctions, Mr. Verhofstadt? Would you invade Poland to strip them of their government entirely? Is this the future of your EU Army? How will you bring the Polish to heel, if they look you in the eye and simply say wpierdol?
How can it be just to demand that the Northern Irish border is strengthened; against the interests and desires of the Irish, the British and indeed the European Union?
How can the same man try to force another border to come down? It is the very epitome of double-dealing and doublethink.
It's almost like there's some kind of agenda.