Commission newspeak and implied threats

I linked to this citation in the previous post but I want to bring it to the fore once more – the European Commission is actually welcoming a decision by the Portuguese government to ignore its Constitutional court!!!

The Court Decision, summarized by the Financial Times is:

The court rejected cuts in state pensions and public sector pay equivalent to about 7 per cent of annual income as well as cuts in sickness and unemployment benefits.

A contested “solidarity” tax surcharge ranging from 3.5 to 10 per cent on pensions of more than €1,350 a month was accepted by the court as well as a 50 per cent cut in overtime pay rates for public sector workers.

The Portuguese government ignored this ruling, and as a result the Commission issued a statement to this effect:

To summarize, the Commission is happy that the Portuguese government chose to ignore a ruling of its constitutional court (“welcomes that…”); it threatens to cut funding if the Portuguese government does not follow its prescriptions (“it is a precondition for a decision…”); it is in a state of denial on confidence (“the growing investor confidence…”); it recommends that democratic discussion does not take place (“it is essential that key political institutions are united in their support…”)


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