On "plan to save Europe" will earn Russia
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stands in uncharacteristic policy roles: she teaches the Europeans ways of life. For example, EU citizens who a week ago was excited about a new EU plan for economic recovery of countries affected by the coronavirus, to be acquainted with an important rule, which says that free cheese happens only in a mousetrap. In the modern European interpretation of the rule should be formulated in the form of "free grant is never free", but the essence remains the same.
Italy, Spain and other countries of the "European poor South" at the very beginning of the epidemic began to demand from the EU in General and Germany in particular, provide medical and financial assistance. Germany is broke and the doctors sent wishes of good health and the leadership of the affected countries was delivered an unscheduled lecture-lecture about discipline and European solidarity, fiscal responsibility and the reform of state institutions. Italy is beginning to grow puzzled: solidarity taxes in the country — European (i.e. "Brussels") and the medics who came to help in the Italian hospital, — why-that the Russian, Chinese and Cuban.
Italian politicians, including a group of mayors, even wrote a letter to their German counterparts, which quite clearly pointed to the dismal prospects of the European Union in General and Eurozone in particular if Rome will not get money. In terms of total economic and epidemiological crisis for Italy out of the EU or of the Eurozone, along with a default on public and private obligations, might be the last chance to save at least part of the economy, or at least how to get revenge on parting, the structure (EU), whose political leadership, in principle, can be considered a co-author of the Italian problems. Similar (though less visible) processes started to unfold in public opinion in other European countries, particularly those whom the Commission has for many years makes to limit their budget expenditures and deficits.
Emmanuel macron took advantage of the situation and dramatically re-branded their old ideas about the issue of common European debt instruments, the "European bonds", to meet which needs, in fact, Germany and other countries with a more or less responsible fiscal policy, and money to spend France and its partners on social programs and the integration of migrants. Now these tools were called "karenandamy", but a situational Alliance of countries willing under the pretext of coronavirus, the dream about the robbery of the German budget in life, began to put pressure on Angela Merkel. In the end, probably under the threat of collapse of the European Union and convinced, in her own words, that "the national state alone has no future", the German Chancellor agreed to a new collective debts of the European Union was, in fact, hung up on Germany and countries like Denmark, Austria and Sweden.
Scheme looked fine: the European Commission releases the "coromande" to 750 billion euros, more than 500 billion handed out in the form of repayable grants to "poor European countries", and the money lenders will return to Germany and other leaders in net revenues in the European budget, that is, those countries in the European Union budget pay more than they get from him. Apparently, it was assumed that the most likely holder of these bonds will the ECB (i.e. the European Central Bank "printing euros"), and even with him, if necessary, to negotiate or to write off, or to change the terms — although this possibility has not spoken openly. It looked like a fairytale: free money solves all the problems! Italian and Spanish politicians have even begun to advance to require supplements in the form of additional grants.
The illusion of free was destroyed dramatically and suddenly. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that, first, the "Banquet" will have to pay, and secondly, payment will be forced, distributed on all citizens of the European Union in the form of new European taxes.
According to German state media Deutsche Welle: "reimbursement of the (costs. — Approx. ed.) should be financed with new taxes or "own resources" of each of the member countries, as it is called in the jargon of the European Commission. The European Commission itself cannot raise taxes. Still, the member countries of the European Union has always forbidden the European Commission to raise its "own resources" in significant volumes. Own income and own taxes are equal to government, and that is what member States do not necessarily want to transfer to Brussels... to raise money to repay payments 2028, von der Leyen offers vague taxes on plastic wastes, carbon dioxide and imports from third countries, which harms the climate."
But that's not all. And if this "tax trick" of the European Commission can forgive, the reaction on other details about the program "save the economy after the coronavirus" can be much more emotional. As is well known, Mrs. von der Leyen has made it their "Green course for Europe" (European green deal) and even in the face of the epidemic, it continues, with the full support of the European Commission and European expert community, consider the "fight against climate change" a top priority on which to spend money, actually borrowed under mild economic impact of coronavirus.
In a special press release of 27 may, the European Commission plain text indicates what is (in preferred format) will go a significant part of the money: "the Deployment of projects in the field of renewable energy, especially wind, solar, and the beginning of environmentally friendly hydrogen economy in Europe."
It would be funny, but the European Commission sees the situation very seriously, and, according to the Agency's