EM Germany Newsletter CW 35/2021 | Prospects for the European political autumn
It is September and despite the debacle in Afghanistan, the suppression of democratic forces in Belarus and the uncertainty ahead of a new Corona winter, hope remains for an autumn of EU landmark decisions and a newly elected German government with a new plan on German EU policy.
First, on 26 September, the German voters will head to the polls to cast their votes for a new Bundestag. And – though they are to be taken with a grain of salt – polls predict a tight race. With the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU), the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party (Bündnis90/Die Grünen), there are now three parties that have a realistic chance of claiming the office of the chancellorship, and thus be at the helm of the largest member state to decisively shape EU policy directly.
One month after the federal elections, on 22 October, the Conference on the Future of Europe’s plenary will meet. In the coming months, the Conference is to draw up recommendations for a possible EU reform based on impulses from society. So far, the acting German government has not yet presented a German position on the Conference. Communication, too, is only half-hearted as shown by this parliamentary question of the Bundestag to the German Government. If, however, the Government sneaks a peek at the election manifestos of the potential new coalitionaries, it (acting or already elected) will find ideas and perspectives sufficient to generate some courage for the country and Europe as a whole.
An intense autumn also awaits the EU Commission. It needs to take action concerning the rule of law conditionality mechanism. The deadline of the action for failure to act that the European Parliament had submitted to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has passed. The mechanism, which provides for cuts in EU funds in the event of violations of the rule law, has been in force for nine months. It has not yet been applied, as the Commission is dutifully awaiting the ECJ ruling on the Polish-Hungarian complaint against the instrument. In view of the blatant violations of the rule of law in the EU, this is taking too long for the EP – it can now take the matter to the ECJ itself.
I wish you a wonderful week!
Dr Linn Selle
European Movement Germany
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