"Farmers' protests in recent weeks across Europe are not just symbolic, because they are nailing the Eurobureaucrats to their responsibilities.
The effects of the misguided and ideological Green Deal policies, strongly advocated by the Commission led by Von der Leyen and Timmermans, are now obvious.
In the name of unreasonable environmentalism entire sectors, from agriculture to livestock, are suffering and risking their collapse. And this does not surprise us, since from the beginning of the legislature we had warned about the effects of an ideology that never wanted to take reality into account.
The storming of the headquarters of the European institutions in Brussels on 1 February forced the European leadership to partially backtrack on some of the measures it used to consider "untouchable".
But the fences and barbed wire used to curb the protests and protect the buildings are more than a metaphor. They are yet another testimony to how distant the EU is from the real needs of its citizens, now intent only on protecting its status quo.
"The transparency and accountability of NGOs have long been sensitive topics for this Commission and very crucial for our Identity and Democracy Group.
In 2019, the European Court of Auditors slammed the Berlaymont for its absolute opacity regarding funds destined for NGOs. It was a warning to which the European leadership offered half-hearted responses, postponing the provision of lists of organizations to the ECA until two years later.
More recent is the Qatargate affair, which embarrassed the entire European Parliament and endangered its institutional prestige by unveiling a system of ad hoc calls for tenders and corruption aimed at transferring resources to an NGO.
It is usual in Brussels to demand a lot from European citizens, imposing on them measures and costs that are more often than not unreasonable, but when it comes to ensuring transparency on how taxpayers' resources are used, the first ones to set a bad example so far have been the Eurobureaucrats themselves.
"We cannot deny the importance of maintaining strong relations with China, but we should keep in mind how important it is to be assertive towards Beijing.