News from the Capitals #11
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki clashed with Commission President and MEPs over the rule of law in Poland during the Strasbourg plenary session. The debate was a direct result of the politicised Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling that the Polish constitution has primacy over some parts of the EU Treaties. On Thursday and Friday, EU heads of state and governments will discuss the Poland dispute at the EU summit. German chancellor Merkel emphasized the need for dialogue, yet Dutch Prime Minister Rutte is expected to take a stronger stance against the rule of law violations.
Czech President Zeman is still hospitalised – there is a debate on his possible incapacity to carry on his presidential duties. For that case, the government is currently examining Article 66 of the Constitution, which regulates removal of the president from his function. However, we are still waiting for official information on his medical condition.
Police informed that the investigation on the Prime Minister Babiš in the case of the Storks’ Nest will continue after the new government is established. They are preparing request for extradition of Babiš for criminal prosecution. Meanwhile, the new government is slowly taking form. The two election-winning groups SPOLU and PirSTAN formed a coalition and signed a common memorandum on future cooperation. First persons are being listed as potential parliamentary leaders – estimations say that the majority of them might be women, which is a significant progress in the country’s gender representation.
On Thursday, the Italian Chamber of Deputies gave the green light to a motion presented by the center-left that requests the Government to act to dissolve the neo-fascist party Forza Nuova. The text, presented by the Democratic Party, the M5S, Liberi e Uguali and Italia Viva, calls for the dissolution of Forza Nuova and all movements of clear fascist inspiration. It has its origin in the violent day of 9 October, during which protests against the COVID-19 EU Certificate took place and militants of the neo-fascist movement ended up plunging Rome into chaos, with clashes and an assault by the largest union in the country, the CGIL. There were 12 detainees, between these two Forza Nuova leaders.
Asked whether the government will dissolve Forza Nuova last week, the prime minister Draghi replied: “The matter is in our mind, but also in that of the magistrates, who continue to investigate and formalize their conclusions. At this moment we are reflecting.” The only opposition to Draghi’s “unity” Executive is currently the far-right Brothers of Italy party.