Spain’s EU Council presidency will present challenges for Poland

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, and Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez shake hands during an EU summit in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Some Poles seem indifferent to who takes on the rotating presidency of the EU Council because many indications suggest that in Brussels, dominated by a leftist tyranny, the conservative government of Poland must remain a convenient “whipping boy” as a matter of principle.

However, the fact that Spain has assumed the presidency is not promising for Poland, even if the current socialist-communist government of Pedro Sánchez will most likely be consigned to the shameful pages of history in the upcoming July elections.

No one has demolished the constitutional order of the country and weakened its economy in such a drastic way since the beginning of democracy in 1978 as the leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, Pedro Sánchez. It is not surprising that some people nostalgically recall Prime Minister Zapatero, who, despite his best efforts, did not manage to enact as many ideological, progressive laws or expose the society to such impoverishment and unemployment as Spanish citizens are experiencing today.

Journalists from Mercado Libre have calculated the record public debt of Spain, which continues to rise by about €200 million per day, nearly €1.5 billion a week and €6 billion a month since Sánchez took office. In other words, Sánchez increases the debt by €142,791 every minute. While a Spanish citizen takes a 15-minute break for morning coffee, Sánchez has already increased the country’s debt by over €2 million.

However, it must be admitted that the leader of the socialists is fighting for reelection quite intelligently, using Spain’s assumption of the presidency in the Council for this purpose. On Saturday, he arrived in Kyiv by train and, speaking in the Ukrainian parliament alongside Volodymyr Zelensky, presented himself as an advocate for the Ukrainian cause.

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said she is counting on Spain’s “dedication and leadership” for Union actions and therefore trusts that progress will be made during the Spanish presidency on issues such as support for Ukraine and the controversial Migration Pact.

Polish opposition to forced relocation will once again be the target of attacks and mockery from Spanish MEPs, regardless of party affiliation, given local socialists’ approach to migration, and above all, the phenomenon that caused the immigration tsunami known in Spain as the “call effect” (“Everyone, come! No one is illegal on our land”). Both the incumbent Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and the opposition Partido Popular/EPP are political allies of Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk.

Prime Minister Sánchez has already stated that he wants to achieve a “common response” from all countries in the face of the immigration challenge. This raises concerns about how the combined forces of the European Commission and the Spanish authorities will compel Poland to show “voluntary solidarity.”

It is hard to forget how poorly the Spanish government handled any crises, such as the hybrid attack on Ceuta, when 10,000 immigrants pushed into the Spanish territory in a single day from Morocco, or when it secretly chartered flights full of immigrants from Africa, flooding the Canary Islands and transporting the intruders to other parts of Spain.

The compatriots of Prime Minister Sánchez, exhausted by constant indoctrination of toleration and multiculturalism, will never forget that after taking office in 2018, his first guest at the Moncloa Palace was U.S.-Hungarian billionaire George Soros. A secret conversation, the content of which was never disclosed, lasted a couple of hours and, according to many Spaniards, determined the policy of open doors for the masses of illegal immigrants flooding southern Europe today.

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