Inexperienced dictatorship? Dutch politicians reply to the EU as an alternative of the voters – Watt with that?

Essay by Eric Worrall

h/d Breitbart; The EU sees no reason to allow the Netherlands to change course, despite a clear rejection of EU farm policy in the recent elections.

BBB and VVD condemn the “meddling” of Diederik Samsom, who advised the Netherlands to buy up farmers

The Netherlands was advised by Diederik Samsom, who works for the European Commission, to buy up part of the farmers because of the nitrogen crisis. Various parliamentarians want clarification on the “interference” of the former PvdA boss. EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans would then like to speak to BBB boss Caroline van der Plas.

Publisher 03/22/23, 07:49 Last update: 3/22/23 2:59 p.m

The NOS and research platform Follow the Money revealed Samsom’s role after reviewing documents. Caroline van der Plas (BBB), together with her colleagues from VVD and JA21, is asking the Minister for an answer to this “strange interference” by Diederik Samsom. “He’s not even an elected representative of the people,” she tweeted. PVV leader Geert Wilders is even more open: “The unelected PvdA mastodon Diederik Samsom wants to rip the Netherlands completely out of the Brussels backrooms. How I long for a #next exit.”

After the outrage, Commissioner Frans Timmermans is “pleasant” to talk to BBB boss Caroline van der Plas about solving the nitrogen crisis. She is very welcome. I’m very happy about it,” says the European Commission’s climate man. Timmermans is happy to explain European rules to the BBB leader, he says. But he insists that the Netherlands will then have to make decisions for itself, for example whether farmers should be able to decide for themselves whether to buy out or whether they can be forced to do so. It’s not up to us.”

The European Commission does not care how a country meets its nitrogen targets, but it can advise. Samsom seems to have done the same in this conversation. Among other things, he pointed out that the European Commission is “quite strict” when it assesses whether voluntary takeover programs constitute illegal state aid. One is now waiting for approval in Brussels. But in a mandatory buyout, the commission is less stringent, Samsom said. As a result, the Netherlands can offer higher amounts in a compulsory scheme or more favorable conditions for farmers to quit. According to Samsom, the European Commission has little room for delay or flexibility.

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What a bang. The EU is demanding unreasonable cuts in the use of nitrate fertilizers to meet its ivory tower environmental and climate legislation, and is threatening severe financial penalties for nations that don’t comply.

When angry voters sack the politicians trying to push through these unpopular cuts, the EU claims its hands are clean because it was the elected politicians who made the real decisions that fueled the populist backlash. But the EU is still in the background, demanding cuts that can only be satisfied by unpopular action by elected politicians.

Have elected Dutch politicians become expendable scapegoats, puppets dancing to the wishes of unelected EU bureaucrats? No matter which politicians are elected, they are quickly visited by the EU, the real leadership, and face a long list of demands, with harsh penalties for non-compliance.

I hope that the BoerBurgerBeweging / Farmer-Citizen Movement has the balls to expose the EU’s bluff. This disgusting charade, this green EU tyranny, can only go on as long as it operates in the shadows. If the BBB exposes the EU’s bluff and forces the EU to show its hand and openly order Dutch politicians to comply, the situation would quickly become untenable. Because if you think the Netherlands would put up with that kind of open contempt and insults towards their sovereign and their nation when openly bossed around like the Aid, then you don’t know many Dutch people.

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