By Constantin Radut
A video summit was held yesterday between the officials of the EU member states. The objective of the summit was European solidarity with the almost desperate situation brought about by the health crisis determined by SARS CoV-2. Most states have particular problems in combating this disease of the century and, especially, in designing their economic and social future that will no longer respect any paradigm of the past.
The European Plan for Economic Recovery, presented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has sparked a wide range of positions from the Heads of State and Government. The content of the document was designed according to the well-known German model of budgetary austerity.
Germany, joined by the Netherlands, Austria and Finland argued that a “coordinated strategy”, based on the efforts of all states, is not acceptable. Each member of the EU must deal with its own forces, given the quotas of budget deficits established by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). But Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister shouted, angry, that Europe is going through a crucial period in its existence. Mrs Merkel, hidden in her Berlin apartment (she is quarantined) said very strongly: nicht!
The German conservatism does not want to leave Europe. Specifically, the EU that Germany exploits and impoverishes.
In this context of the Covid 19 coronavirus, it should be remembered that in Germany today thousands of doctors and nurses from Eastern Europe are working for two extra euros in salary. The positive situation of the pandemic in Germany today is the result of the efforts of thousands and thousands of medical personnel from the East. Germany has stolen them and is now not interested in any aid to other countries. Let us not forget that at the beginning of the pandemic, Germany was the first country to impose an embargo on the export of medical products and equipment. Why? To have only her, for her as many resources as possible.
Germany does not want to know that training a doctor costs tens and tens of thousands of euros in a country like Romania. For the thousands of medical professionals currently working in Germany, Romania should seek compensation from the German state. And not only Romania but also Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and other Eastern states. No state mentioned before does this because they are all economically dependent on Germany. Geramnia has made a massive contribution to the de-industrialization of the East so that it can now dictate. Not only in the economy, but also in the health of the population.
Like Germany and Austria or the Netherlands.
The Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Thursday criticized the position considered “repugnant” and “recurrent misconduct” of the Netherlands, which would have suggested the lack of room for budgetary maneuver of some European countries to counter the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This speech is repulsive in the European Union. Yes, repulsive, this is the right word,” Costa said during a press conference in Lisbon at the end of the European Council.
The European economic recovery plan, due to be adopted on Thursday at a summit of EU member states, failed after Italy and Spain called for clearer measures, and Germany and the Netherlands said they refused to share the costs of the crisis health.
The purpose of the online meeting of the leaders of the member states of the European Union was for them to agree on a “coordinated strategy” for the recovery of social, economic and industrial normality once the pandemic is overcome.
The disputes between the states of the so-called “Nordic” group and “southern group” made that, after six hours of teleconference, no decision was taken.
Pedro Sánchez, the head of the Spanish government, and Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, refused to support a joint statement with a vague text and without concrete measures, writes the Spanish press.
An ‘ugly’, ‘dead’ Europe, this is what the Italian press on Friday looks like. The disappointment and anger of the Peninsula towards the European Union is expressed, after at Thursday’s summit it was decided to postpone the examination of broader measures against the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
While Italy and Spain mourn after the thousands of dead, Germany and Holland are looking to profit from any profits they would make if they helped the countries most affected by the pandemic.
The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has threatened that he will not sign a joint declaration if the European Union does not adopt strong measures, “with innovative financial instruments and really appropriate to a war that we must carry together”.
Italy, with the second public debt in the euro area, after Greece, is expecting greater financial solidarity from the European Union, but the Nordic countries, in front of Germany, are refusing any mutualization of the eurozone’s debts and any project of ‘coronabonduri’.
‘Conte tells a dead Europe to go to hell’, headlines the daily Fatto Quotidiano, while La Repubblica, with a typically pro-EU line, talks about ‘Ugly Europe’.
Thursday’s summit was marked by tensions between the North, which claimed that each country would emerge from the crisis through its own resources, and the South, which called for coordinated action.
The German and Dutch governments, supported by Austria and Finland, refuse to use community resources in economic recovery.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she will not accept the euro bonds that nine countries have brought into discussion, ahead of Spain, France and Italy.
The rigid position of Germany and the Netherlands seems to end the European Union and solidarity. The European Union project was still breathing. Soon you will need mechanical ventilation.
We do not believe that the post-Merkel era will bring much change. But Germany will no longer be what it is. Unfortunately, the Eastern states are not united. They will be the first to suffer in the near future.
We believe that the projects of the future must be based on nationalism as clean as that of Romania. Otherwise we will fall under the impulse of the extreme right of Germany or of the exacerbated nationalism of Hungary.
By Constantin Radut