Europe has adopted several policies to control large economic practices all over the continent, but lacks mechanisms to control the governance of many of its member nations.
On Tuesday, the European Commission agreed to boost a method for detecting behavior contrary to its own understanding of the rule of law and to punish violators if necessary. This is, Brussels argues, to avoid authoritarian excesses of its Member States, especially those that impair the independence of the judiciary, as has occurred recently in Hungary. The problem is that Brussels intends to prevent such violations by using political violence over the independent governments.
The decision from the EU could be equaled to fighting fire with gasoline, fighting conflict by waging war. The reasoning comes from the erroneous notion that its political body can fight government abuses by abusing those governments independence, which is similar to wanting to honor the dead victims of a war by killing populations that did have nothing to do with the murder of the dead victims.
The economic crisis has shown that democratic values ??are not set in stone, especially in countries where the EU, NATO and other western countries intervene to “bring stability and peace”. Abuses of power as detected in Hungary, Romania and France show that the democratic pillars require systematic checks, but as recent history has shown it is not foreign intervention what will bring back democratic values, if that is what is being sought.
Under current treaties, the only option for these failures is to penalize the country by taking their voting rights in EU institutions. This policy is known as the nuclear option in the European jargon.
The EU executive set up a discussion, to form a similar framework that may be activated when certain states violate community standards. The new measures will be invasive in nature and do not seem to have limits because the technocrats in Brussels do not impose limits on how far the European Union can go to assure that countries will abide by its rules.
Under the new rules, the Commission would be empowered to send a kind of early warning to the Member State whose practices are not in accordance with Community law. Brussels would issue recommendations and, in case of non compliance, it could move on to sanctions.
The European Commission is aware that stepping forward on its intention to further control the governance of Europe and to give the EU legitimate executive powers, requires the recognition of Member States, which is something the political body does not have right now.
In a time when many States are wary about extending powers to the Commission, those pushing for more control will have to work harder to defend the benefits of correcting potentially authoritarian behavior in the Member States.
EU commissioners are also discussing the creation of a supposedly independent body to assess the democratic character of each Member State. Another option that is being considered is to submit independent States to the so-called control and verification mechanism, much like it is done with banking institutions. This measure would leave the door open for technocrats to decide when a Member State is abiding by their rules or not, and consequently allow the EU to impose sanctions at will.
In support of this proposal, the Commission will consider the results of several recent surveys in the EU. In some polls, 71% of EU citizens gives legitimacy to the European institutions to assess the functioning of Member States.
Spain is above average with 77 % of favorable responses. Many respondents advocate going a step further and appointing a Minister of Community Justice ( 58 % of respondents ). The Spaniards are less enthusiastic in this case and only 52 % would support such a measure.