With France taking over the presidency of the European Union in January, Germany’s left-wing government expressed its unconditional support for Macron to form a ‘more sovereign Europe’ for which the bloc’s member states will have to give more power to the bloc.
Annalena Baerbock, the German foreign minister, said, “Our French friends can count on our support from the first to the last day to lay the right foundations within the EU: for a sustainable economic recovery, in the fight against the climate crisis, in digitization and for a more sovereign Europe in the world.”
According to Breitbart, Baerbok assured that the French presidency is a significant opportunity to “strengthen Europe and make it fit for the challenges of tomorrow” and that Germany and France, as “the closest friends at the heart of Europe, bear a particular responsibility for a united European Union, capable of acting and oriented towards the future.”
Baerbock is part of the German government collation formed by the Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and the Green Party. Upon assuming the governorship of Germany in November 2021, they said that one of their “special responsibilities” was to move towards a “federal European state’ the equivalent of a ‘United States of Europe,” with the huge difference that each member of the European Union has its own language, history, culture.
For his part, President Emmanuel Macron said his tenure as leader of the bloc would be an opportunity to make a ‘stronger Europe’ and leader on the world stage.
“We want to get … a powerful Europe in the world, fully sovereign, free to make its choices and master of its own destiny,” Macron told a conference in Paris.
How state members can lose sovereignty
Shortly after the left-wing coalition took over the German government, Poland’s deputy prime minister, Jarosław Kaczyński, accused them of wanting to turn Europe into the ‘Fourth Reich’ explaining that the term “Fourth Reich” was not so much a reference to the Third Reich of National Socialist (Nazi) Germany but to the “First Reich” of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Polish deputy minister said that Poles would further lose their identity if Europe moved towards a European superstate. It would be the equivalent of a form of “modern subjugation.”
Poland is at loggerheads with the bloc’s leaders after Poland’s supreme court ruled that the country’s laws take precedence over those of the European community.
The ruling was in response to an attempt by the European bloc to invalidate a judicial reform made by the Polish government.
However, seeing that Poland did not comply with the order, the European Court of Justice decided to impose a fine of one million euros per day.
The case had great repercussions. On the one hand, bloc authorities claimed that if Poland did not apply European law, the very concept of ‘European Union’ and the supremacy of European law was being dismantled.
But the Polish government, on the contrary, explained that there should be no homogeneous thinking in the union; it called for a pluralistic community in which the sovereignty of the country to decide on its affairs is respected.
As for the conservative government of Viktor Orban of Hungary, it has also had strong crosses with the bureaucrats of the European Union after banning advertisements and propaganda promoting LGBT ideology in schools, something that “goes against European values.”
Immigration has been another flashpoint between Poland, Hungary, and the rest of the European Union. While the bloc advocates a policy in which each member state accepts a certain number of immigrants each year, the Hungarian and Polish nationalist governments have refused to continue taking more immigrants.