President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, urged different EU leaders to unite behind plans for a bloc-wide navy this week. In her annual State of the Union Speech within the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, mentioned the withdrawal of the US-led mission in Afghanistan raised troubling questions. She added: “In the final weeks, there have been many discussions on expeditionary forces. “On what type and how many we need: battlegroups or EU entry forces.
“This is no doubt part of the debate – and I believe it will be part of the solution.”
While Brussels is hoping for further integration, two member states which have caused a rift in the EU are Hungary and Poland.
One of the more tense standoffs between Poland, Hungary and the EU came last year after the two countries vetoed the bloc’s coronavirus recovery fund.
Leaders pushed for a rule of law mechanism, designed to penalise countries whose governments had undermined democracy.
But because the recovery fund needed unanimous support, Hungary and Poland were able to block the package.
After days of intense negotiations, a compromise was eventually reached, meaning the £1.6trillion of stimulus funding could be distributed to the EU27.
Daniel Freund, a German Green MEP, told CNN last month that it’s always “tough for the Commission to go towards a member state as a result of they are going to all the time want their help down the road.”
Speaking on the Hungary and Poland issue, he added: “We have repeatedly seen Hungary block resolutions within the Council on issues like human rights in Hong Kong or when combating erupted in Israel earlier this year, presumably to poke the member states agitating towards its personal violations within the eye.
“The way the row over Hungary and Poland has played is putting the whole EU into question. If member states don’t follow the treaties, if the Commission and Council don’t punish rule breakers, then what is left of the EU?”
Hungary’s present authorities has come beneath fireplace in recent times for various anti-democratic and discriminatory insurance policies.
In July, the nation’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, enacted laws which can give attention to growing punishment for convicted paedophiles, however an modification was additionally handed banning the portrayal or promotion of homosexuality amongst under-18s.
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Commission President Von der Leyen responded to the regulation, saying: “This legislation uses the protection of children as an excuse to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.”
She added that the laws was a “disgrace”.
The Polish authorities has additionally brought on issues for the EU on account of a disagreement over the nation’s judiciary, after making a chamber whereby judges could be punished.
After allegations the Polish authorities was not sustaining the independence of its courts, the EU launched infringement proceedings towards the nation.
Now, an ongoing Constitutional Tribunal plans to rule on whether or not Poland’s structure or EU treaties take priority, a verdict that would name into question the bloc’s whole authorized order.
Proceedings have been adjourned till September 22 following a movement from Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman.
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Some consultants have feared that this mixed with anti-EU rhetoric coming from Polish leaders might result in ‘Polexit’.
But Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is the top of the ruling conservative Law and Justice occasion, mentioned yesterday that the nation’s future is within the EU.
He mentioned: “There will be no Polexit. It’s a propaganda invention that has been used many times against us.
“We univocally see the future of Poland in the European Union.”
Last week, two high-ranking Polish officers made robust feedback concerning the EU after the bloc moved to punish Poland financially for actions that enhance the governing occasion’s management over the courts. Brussels mentioned this violates the rule of regulation.
Ryszard Terlecki, the occasion’s deputy chief, mentioned that if issues do not go the way in which Poland likes, “we will have to search for drastic solutions.”
He added: “The British showed that the dictatorship of the Brussels bureaucracy did not suit them and turned around and left.”