On EP vote to sanction Hungary
From the Melian Dialogue:
„Since you know as well as we do that right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”
Unfortunately, today’s decision of the European Parliament in favour of triggering the Article 7 against the Hungarian Government is a sad day for the European democracy. Instead of dialogue and reconciliation, the majority chose to sanction a different perspective on European policies and governance.
I am not a supporter of Viktor Orban on many issues. It is not the case to transform him in Imre Nagy, using 21st century tools. There are not so many relevant and alive scholars on Soviet decision-making processes. Measures like triggering of the Article 7 will have the same effect on pro-European attitudes as the Soviet invasions on voluntarily committed pro-Soviet communists. Fortunately, there won’t be tanks on the streets of a member state crushing uprisings.
However, I have to say that I miss substantial debates regarding the governance of the European Union. Some political groups are too big and despise accountability. Political biases are shaping major policies and decisions. After the Treaty of Lisbon, there was no major discussion on the European political architecture. There was a good idea of Emmanuel Macron on democratic EU conventions – it seems to be a dead project.
There are also some problems regarding the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, as well as related to the state of political pluralism and checks over arbitrariness.
I was reading the Sargentini report, the report voted by the European Parliament against Hungary. It is incredible how the entities providing input to the rapporteur are disproportionately biased towards the majority views, how a minority opinion was signed by only 5 MEPs or how the committee opinions were approved unanimously almost always; it looks like tolerated dissent.
65% of MEPs voted in favour, 28% voted against, a majority formed by EPP, ALDE, S&D, Greens, NGL. There is still this déjà vu feeling related to the Congress and the Presidium decision-making, I hope we won’t be there.
National constituencies with majority votes against triggering Article 7 (27% of the EU population): Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom.
It seems that we have another curtain in Europe, based on the votes in the European Parliament, a perception-driven one.
In the end, I hope that the statement from the Melian Dialogue will not be a relevant fear.