EU President (ex-German Defence Sec) launches EU retaliation strike against Germany

Graham Charles Lear
5 min readMay 12, 2020


Last week I wrote an article

Historic German declarations. ‘ECJ has no supremacy in Germany’
‘The EU is NOT a country

It now seems that the EU has hit back

Extraordinary times in Brussels, as “EU Solidarity” is blown apart in opening skirmishes

On Sunday evening, the EU Commission published a statement from its President about the decision of the German Court. The statement is decidedly curt in comparison with most EU Commission statements and contains none of the usual niceties. I publish it in full below.

The former German Defence Secretary, Ursula von der Leyen, was parachuted in as EU Commission President last year when none of the leaders of the EU countries could agree on any candidates put forward by the EU Parliament. As ever, the EU Parliament made protests but then meekly went along with the EU Council’s eventual last-minute nomination of Frau von der Leyen.

Hers was not a popular appointment, though. She was the only candidate and was duly nodded through as usual, but only by eight votes out of 750.

Full statement by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, 10 May 2020

“The recent ruling of the German Constitutional Court put under the spotlight two issues of the European Union: the Euro system and the European legal system.

“We take good note of the clear statement of the European Court of Justice of 8 May.

“In the same vein, the European Commission upholds three basic principles: that the Union’s monetary policy is a matter of exclusive competence; that EU law has primacy over national law and that rulings of the European Court of Justice are binding on all national courts.

“The final word on EU law is always spoken in Luxembourg. Nowhere else.

“The European Commission’s task is to safeguard the proper functioning of the Euro system and the Union’s legal system.

“We are now analysing the ruling of the German Constitutional Court in detail. And we will look into possible next steps, which may include the option of infringement proceedings.

“The European Union is a community of values and of law, which must be

upheld and defended at all times. This is what keeps us together. This is what we stand for.”

I would suggest that if readers review my article last Thursday and then read the EU Commission’s reaction to the German court’s verdict, this is extremely strong stuff.

Indeed, it seems that the EU Commission President von der Leyen was so angry that she forgot to call the EU’s top court by its correct name. She refers to it as the “European Court of Justice” when in fact it changed its name some years ago to the “Court of Justice of the European Union”. (I think the Court realised that its original name was defamatory to the rest of European countries which are NOT part of the EU.) a common mistake with the EU and rabid Remainers.

EU to take infringement proceedings against Germany and its top court?

For Brexiteers it doesn’t get much better than this. The EU Commission — now led by the former German Defence Secretary — returning fire against the country she was recently responsible for defending?

Oh, joy.

Or perhaps that should be “oh Ode to Joy”.

On that note, readers might like to remind themselves of the opening verse from Ludwig von Beethoven and his lyricist Friedrich Schiller. (Yes Remoaners, we know they weren’t the Elton John and Bernie Taupin of their era and that the poem was written before the symphony. Please get a sense of humour.)

This is, of course, the EU’s national anthem which we would all have had to sing if we had followed the exhortations of the British Establishment to stay in the EU. Indeed it is the anthem which the Labour, LibDem, SNP and other parties would still prefer you to be singing.

All together now…

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt*;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder*
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Wem der große Wurf gelungen
Eines Freundes Freund zu sein;
Wer ein holdes Weib errungen
Mische seinen Jubel ein!
Ja, wer auch nur eine Seele
Sein nennt auf dem Erdenrund!
Und wer’s nie gekonnt, der stehle
Weinend sich aus diesem Bund!

Freude trinken alle Wesen
An den Brüsten der Natur;
Alle Guten, alle Bösen
Folgen ihrer Rosenspur.
Küsse gab sie uns und Reben,
Einen Freund, geprüft im Tod;
Wollust ward dem Wurm gegeben
und der Cherub steht vor Gott.

Froh, wie seine Sonnen fliegen
Durch des Himmels prächt’gen Plan
Laufet, Brüder, eure Bahn,
Freudig, wie ein Held zum siegen.

Seid umschlungen, Millionen!
Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!
Brüder, über’m Sternenzelt
Muß ein lieber Vater wohnen.
Ihr stürzt nieder, Millionen?
Ahnest du den Schöpfer, Welt?
Such’ ihn über’m Sternenzelt!
Über Sternen muß er wohnen.

Or in English

Joy, beautiful spark of Divinity [or: of gods],
Daughter of
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly one, thy sanctuary!
Thy magic binds again
What custom strictly divided;*
All people become brothers,*
Where thy gentle wing abides.

Whoever has succeeded in the great attempt,
To be a friend’s friend,
Whoever has won a lovely woman,
Add his to the jubilation!
Yes, and also whoever has just one soul
To call his own in this world!
And he who never managed it should slink
Weeping from this union!

All creatures drink of joy
At nature’s breasts.
All the Just, all the Evil
Follow her trail of roses.
Kisses she gave us and grapevines,
A friend, proven in death.
Salaciousness was given to the worm
And the cherub stands before God.

Gladly, as His suns fly
through the heavens’ grand plan
Go on, brothers, your way,
Joyful, like a hero to victory.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss to all the world!
Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving Father.
Are you collapsing, millions?
Do you sense the creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy!
Above stars must He dwell.

Ahhh how beautiful no wonder Hitler and the Nazis loved it, it must have taken their mind off all the terrible atrocities they were committing.

[ Sources: EU Commission | Bundesverfassungsgerichte (German Constitutional Court) | Court of Justice of the European Union ]



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.