Former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly confirmed as the next President of the European Commission, the powerful administrative arm of the European Union in July 2019. Who is this woman behind the the E.U.? For the first time this week many of us discovered that she was the wizard behind the curtain pulling the strings for the organization. This time in the form of confiscating the Netherlands farms for the better good of the environment.
Thousands of farmers have gathered in the central Netherlands to protest the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia.
Yesterday’s post Headline:
The government says emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, which livestock produce, must be drastically reduced close to nature areas that are part of a network of protected habitats for endangered plants and wildlife stretching across the 27-nation European Union
Ursula von der Leyen
Portion from an earlier post in 2019:
Do these policies sound familiar at all? This should give a shiver to those Brits if they still have any sense. Germany never gives up. What a war could not do, a pen will. She is adamant in her writings that she wants a E.U. military. One could surmise as opposed to NATO. One can reflect on how Putin must react to this considering Russia’s experience with Germany previously.
- An examination of von der Leyen’s main policy proposals reveals that she is calling for a massive expansion of top-down powers of the European Commission. Her proposals would substantially increase the role of Brussels in virtually all aspects of economic and social life in Europe — all at the expense of national sovereignty.
- Von der Leyen warned that Brussels would overrule EU member states opposed to her tax overhaul… She called for a comprehensive “European Rule of Law Mechanism” to ensure the primacy of EU law over the national laws of EU member states. She warned that there would be financial consequences for member states that refuse to comply…. She called for a change in rules so that the EU could act even without the unanimous consent of EU member states
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage may be her biggest critic. Addressing the European Parliament, he said:
“What you’ve seen from Ursula von der Leyen today is an attempt by the EU to take control of every single aspect of our lives. She wants to build a centralized, undemocratic, updated form of Communism that will render [obsolete] nation state parliaments, where the state controls everything, where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all.
“I have to say from our perspective, in some ways, I’m really rather pleased, because you’ve just made Brexit a lot more popular in the United Kingdom. Thank God we’re leaving!
“But it is in the aspect of defense that I think people’s minds should be focused. She’s a fanatic for building a European Army, but she’s not alone. When it’s completed, NATO will cease to exist or will not have any relevance in Europe at all.”
Finally, a new “Common European Asylum System” would require all EU member states to offer asylum to migrants who request it: “We all need to help each other and contribute.”
Following is a brief summary of von der Leyen’s main proposals for the next five years, as outlined in a 24-page document titled, “My Agenda for Europe”:
Von der Leyen called for the European Union to be “carbon neutral” by 2050. She pledged to propose a “European Green Deal” during her first 100 days in office. The deal would include the first “European Climate Law” to enshrine the 2050 climate neutrality target into law: “Carbon emissions must have a price. Every person and every sector will have to contribute.”
She also pledged to introduce a “Carbon Border Tax” that would apply to non-European companies, to ensure that European companies “can compete on a level playing field.” In addition, a “European Climate Pact” would “commit to a set of pledges to bring about a change in behavior, from the individual to the largest multinational.”
Von der Leyen’s social reengineering scheme would be paid for by European taxpayers: A “Sustainable Europe Investment Plan” would “support €1 trillion of climate investment over the next decade in every corner of the EU.” She also vowed that the EU “will lead international negotiations to increase the level of ambition of other major emitters by 2021.”
Rule of Law, Migration and Internal Security
Von der Leyen called for a comprehensive “European Rule of Law Mechanism” to ensure the primacy of EU law over the national laws of EU member states. She warned that there would be financial consequences for member states that refuse to comply: “I intend to focus on tighter enforcement, using recent judgements of the Court of Justice showing the impact of rule-of-law breaches on EU law as a basis. I stand by the proposal to make the rule of law an integral part of the next Multiannual Financial Framework.” She added: “The Commission will always be an independent guardian of the Treaties. Lady Justice is blind – she will defend the rule of law wherever and by whomever it is attacked.”
Von der Leyen also called for a “New Pact on Migration and Asylum” in which a reinforced European Border and Coast Guard Agency would take over border control responsibilities from EU member states: “I want to see these [EU] border guards with the ability to act at the EU’s external borders in place by 2024.”
Meanwhile, a new “Common European Asylum System” would require all EU member states to offer asylum to migrants who request it: “We all need to help each other and contribute.” In addition, the European Public Prosecutor’s Office “should have more muscle and authority” and “be able to investigate and prosecute cross-border terrorism.”
Now we find that the Woman behind the curtain is joined by our wizards behind the curtain.
President Biden issued a joint statement this week in a meeting with von der Leyen:
Joint Statement by President Biden and President von der Leyen on European Energy Security
The best of the swamp.