The EU’s most pointless feud

After the Orbán affair, the European Commission turns its attention to the saga of Polish justice affairs. The charge seems serious, a claim that the government has undermined the independence of the judiciary, but the outcome is predictable.

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Luxemburg will quite certainly hand down a decision about violating European laws. A directive will then be issued to call for the amendment of laws that have lowered the retirement age of judges, which is supposedly violating judicial independence. Poles, who take their sovereignity seriously, would find themselves in the position where they would have to renounce the principle that justice is the competence of a nation state.

Kaczynsky will explain that Poland was punished because of its conservative ideology and the high intolerance of the Brussels elite. But the very same elite has no answer if he were to ask why Article 7 has not been invoked against Spain, where protesters were beaten on the street. The conflict will escalate, though it is completely pointless. While the PiS government may be making controversial decisions on the judicial system, it is still a democracy and it will remain a democracy despite the reforms.

Even Slovakia has a similar measure. The recall of judges is the responsibility of the executive branch through the president. If the law specifies an age of retirement, is it bad? What kind of a system allows judges to rule and decide on which colleagues should retire and which should remain? Any national government that tinkers with the system opens itself up to possibility of being sued.

The European Union needs nothing less than more internal, destructive conflicts. As if the topic of immigration was not enough. Irregularities are everywhere and one-sided chicanery against Slovakia’s neighbours runs counter to Slovak interests, regardless of whether democracy prevails among those neighbors.


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