The European Fee President is embroiled in a authorized row this week, as MEPs urge her to behave in opposition to Hungary and Poland, who stand accused of rule of regulation breaches. Hungary and Poland are beneath investigations for suspected violations of European values beneath Article 7 of the EU Treaty. However Ms von der Leyen has not but taken motion in opposition to the international locations’ leaders, with MEPs now asking Parliament President David Sassoli to set off Article 265 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
The protocol would see the Fee taken to court docket for failing to take motion in opposition to “the rising threat of misusing the Union’s funds as means to deteriorate the rule of regulation in some member states”.
This is not the primary time Ms von der Leyen has come beneath stress in Europe.
After being appointed Fee President, many raised issues given her monitor document as German defence minister.
In July 2019, former European Parliament President Martin Schulz mentioned: “Von der Leyen is our weakest minister. That’s apparently sufficient to change into Fee President.”
Rupert Scholz, who served as defence minister beneath Helmut Kohl, had equally damning phrases for Ms von der Leyen.
He mentioned: “The Bundeswehr’s (German military) situation is catastrophic.
“The whole defence functionality of the Federal Republic is struggling, which is completely irresponsible.”
Hans-Peter Bartels, a Social Democrat MP charged with monitoring the Bundeswehr for Parliament, wrote a report on the nation’s forces revealed on the finish of January 2019.
It concluded: “There’s neither sufficient personnel nor materials, and sometimes one confronts scarcity upon scarcity.
He added: “Sadly it didn’t change into a practice. I used to be the primary and the final Spitzenkandidat.”
In the course of the choice course of, excessive profile figures from throughout the political spectrum in Berlin warned in opposition to Ms von der Leyen’s appointment.
Sigmar Gabriel, a former vice-chancellor from the identical social gathering, referred to as her nomination “an unprecedented act of political trickery”.
The German Greens mentioned the nomination of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally was an “old-school backroom deal”, whereas the proper of centre Free Democrats mentioned she was “not one of the best candidate”.
Manfred Weber, one other excessive profile determine from Mrs Merkel’s social gathering, mentioned the nomination of Ms von der Leyen was a “unhappy day for European democracy”.
Suddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper, mentioned she “will probably be unable to deal with the fee presidency”.
French President Emmanuel Macron backed the German politician, saying she has “the DNA of the European neighborhood”.