The Netherlands are about to lose many of their farms by confiscation. At least an attempt at that is in the process. How did the Netherlands get here? “Essentially, the EU has now achieved what Kaiser Wilhelm and Adolf Hitler failed to achieve between 1914 – 1945”. Mustang’s comment made earlier. The Netherland is the number two exporter of food, second only to the U.S. While we keep hearing about Ukraine as the breadbasket, it is the Dutch who lead.
For a catch up on what this is all about.
Dutch farmers ‘desperately’ fighting back against government’s ‘green’ agenda
First to understand let’s start with the European Union and their Court of Justice. The court sounding quite similar in many ways to the United States secret FISA courts. The E.U. could not have come to where they are without the Court of Justice.
The E.U. Court of Justice
We don’t know much about the inner workings of the Court, beyond what its statute and rules of procedure tell us.2 The deliberations are secret and only ruling judges can attend. Dissenting opinions are not made public.3 The Court has been compared to ‘a black hole, from which nothing – except very brief, magisterial rulings with no hint of disagreement among the judges – can escape’ (Pollack 2017: 602). Secrecy was built into its DNA: one working language (French) was reportedly adopted to prevent that interpreters would attend the secret deliberations (Saurugger and Terpan 2017: 14).
I can attest to that having attempted to read their cases. None are in English.
How powerful is ECJ?
Not only did the ECJ confirm the Van Gend en Loos ruling, it established that European law always supersedes national law since states transferred rights to the community. This has become known as the principle of supremacy, and together with direct effect it gives constitutional status to EU law. Nov 13, 2020 For those who are interested in a read that is totally in the weeds I offer the following:
Guardians of Public Value pp 135–159
The European Court of Justice: Guardian of European Integration
The European Court of Justice: Guardian of European Integration
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) was founded in 1952. At that time, few observers would have predicted a future of a powerful institution, shaping Europe’s faith through its rulings. But that is exactly what happened. After a slow start, the ECJ gradually evolved into one of the most important institutions of the European Union. This chapter describes how this little court shrouded in secrecy managed to climb the institutional ladder. It analyses the role of institutional leadership, the relation between the ECJ and its authorizing environment, the near-existential crisis it faced in the 1970s, and the potential vulnerabilities that have grown over the years.
As an example just how far the E.U. can go I offer an earlier post as an example:
May 4, 2016 – Bunkerville
Officials who saw the proposal in advance said the fine would act as a sanction on nations that refuse to adhere to the E.U.’s asylum system. While the exact penalty is still in flux, a diplomat said that it would amount to “hundreds of thousands of euros.”
So now we have the idea how this thing operates.
Scholars agree that the ECJ has been highly influential in advancing European integration beyond what could have been achieved via decisions of the EU’s political institutions (Schmidt 2018: 27; Stone Sweet 2010). According to Stone Sweet (2010: 2), the ‘significance of the ECJ’s impacts rivals that of the world’s most powerful courts’.
It is notoriously difficult to gauge community support for an organization of which the larger public is mostly unaware. Even those who are aware of its existence are generally not informed about the actions of the Court (Dehousse 1998: 145; Gibson and Caldeira 1995: 470).
Next to add to this saga of how we got to the end game of the Dutch:
Former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen who has been narrowly confirmed as the next President of the European Commission, the powerful administrative arm of the European Union. (July 2019) Bunkerville
Former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen
This sums it up I think:
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage may be her biggest critic. Addressing the European Parliament, he said:
“What you’ve seen from Ursula von der Leyen today is an attempt by the EU to take control of every single aspect of our lives. She wants to build a centralized, undemocratic, updated form of Communism that will render [obsolete] nation state parliaments, where the state controls everything, where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all.
“I have to say from our perspective, in some ways, I’m really rather pleased, because you’ve just made Brexit a lot more popular in the United Kingdom. Thank God we’re leaving!
“But it is in the aspect of defense that I think people’s minds should be focused. She’s a fanatic for building a European Army, but she’s not alone. When it’s completed, NATO will cease to exist or will not have any relevance in Europe at all.”
Now the screws are applied:
July 1, 2022 — bunkerville
Under the the guise of reducing “pollutants” the E.U. has found an easy target. Farmers. Considering the amount of pollutants industry produces, how the cow became the target leads one to speculate that an additional agenda may be afoot.
The government says emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, which livestock produce, must be drastically reduced close to nature areas that are part of a network of protected habitats for endangered plants and wildlife stretching across the 27-nation European Union
Livestock produce ammonia in their urine and feces. The government in the past has called on farmers to use feed for their animals that contains less protein as a way of reducing ammonia emissions.
Farmers argue that they are being unfairly targeted as polluters while other industries, such as aviation, construction and transport, also are contributing to emissions and face less far-reaching rules. They also say the government is not giving them a clear picture of their futures amid the proposed reforms.
The government has been forced to take action after a series of court rulings that blocked infrastructure and construction projects because of fears they would cause emissions that breach environmental rules. It is giving provincial authorities a year to work out ways to meet the emission reduction targets.
And now it is in the hands of the Dutch. Will they succumb? Or fight?
Some tweets to let us know how things are going:
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