EU court president warns European project is in danger

…from Politico

[ Editor’s Note: We now see that the EU has its own version of ‘Trumper’ elements who want to remake their union to fit their own image. Poland, for example, had its own political revolution where laws were changed by the legislature to give it powers to do so.

That is one of the reasons why we have seen in the past some of the uber-Trumpers heading to Poland and Hungary to compare notes on how best to shift more power into their own hands.

Trump’s coup is not working out well for him. MSNBC reported today that the Jan 6 Committee, co-chair Liz Cheney’s reading out text messages last night from conservative media, some Congressmen, and even from Trump’s son, to call off the mob because he was the only one that could do it.

Yet Trump still continued to watch the Capitol getting trashed by the Trumper mob, hoping that VP Pence would be intimidated into stopping the Biden election certification, and where the attempt is now a permanent stain on American history.

News coverage today indicated that the committee could be considering a criminal referral for Trump to the Department of Justice for interfering/blocking an official proceeding of Congress.

Taking that path would bring the Department of Justice into the battle with both feet, handling the criminal aspect while the commission works on formulating safeguards so that no future president or political party could attempt an American coup again… Jim W. Dean ]

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First published December 15, 2021

LUXEMBOURG — European Court of Justice President Koen Lenaerts has no doubt that a storm over rule of law could well sink the project of a united Europe.

Brexit, a bombshell German court ruling and democratic backsliding in Poland and Hungary have all put the ECJ at the center of an unprecedented political fight that refuses to die down, and the debate cuts to the heart of how far Lenaerts’ Luxembourg-based court can exert its reach into the 27 member countries.

In an interview with POLITICO, Lenaerts hit back hard at suggestions that the ECJ was engaged in a power-grab, arguing that the court was simply abiding by its treaty obligations to safeguard the legal underpinnings of the bloc.

He noted that while some founding nations of the EU could consider that the powers of the union had now evolved further than they had originally anticipated, he cautioned that newer joiners — like Poland and Hungary — could not make that argument as the consequences of membership were far clearer when they entered.

“The authority of the Court of Justice and the primacy of EU law have been challenged in various member states, not only by politicians, but also by certain constitutional courts,” Lenaerts said in an interview in his Luxembourg office.

“This is an extremely serious situation that threatens the survival of the European project in its current form.”

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