“The illusion that everything will be solved in two years – adds Gozi – which is the basic approach of this document, is deeply mistaken. We are not asking the Dutch to become good Samaritans, but to think about their interests. And their interest is that the single market continues to function: with their approach there would be such strong differences that it would come to a standstill.

Published on 23/05/2020 on adnkronos

A “hard negotiation” is looming on the Recovery Plan, now that the position of the four “frugal countries” is on the table. A position vitiated by a “double mistake”, both because it looks at the current crisis with the lenses of the “past”, the financial and debt crisis, and because it assumes that what the European Union is facing is a temporary crisis, a parenthesis destined to resolve in a couple of years.

“We are in full negotiations – says Gozi – It started with the Franco-German paper”. Of course, the Frugals recognize the need for a common response, but, he notes, “the idea of the Recovery Fund has already passed to the European Council. We are at the beginning of a tough negotiation and it is clear that the Frugals’ position starts from a double mistake. They are prisoners of the previous crisis and look back”.

“Moreover – Gozi continues – they are right to call themselves frugal, because the term comes from a plant that does not need special care. And they believe that the Europa plant does not need special care, while it needs extraordinary care and, if the care does not arrive, the first to lose would be the frugal ones”.

“The illusion that everything will be solved in two years – adds Gozi – which is the basic approach of this document, is deeply mistaken. We are not asking the Dutch to become good Samaritans, but to think about their interests. And their interest is that the single market continues to function: with their approach there would be such strong differences that it would come to a standstill.

“I hope – continues Gozi – that this short-sightedness is a negotiating tactic, because with that approach no step forward is taken. The European project requires special care, otherwise Europe will no longer be able to bear its fruits, which have guaranteed prosperity for years. We are a long way from what is necessary”.

“Now – he continues – it is up to the European Commission: two important positions have been put on the table, the Franco-German one and the frugal one. Now it’s up to the Commission to exercise its political role, not as an accountant who averages between the two proposals. It must make a political choice and I hope that the political choice goes in the direction of the European Parliament”, which has indicated a Recovery Fund of 2 thousand billion euros.

“I hope – says Gozi again – that the Commission makes a choice of field, taking into account some points of the proposal of the frugal”, such as support for the Green Deal and respect for the rule of law. “Show the courage and political ambition that Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have shown,” he added.

George Soros gave an interview to the Telegraaf, explaining to the Dutch public the considerable financial advantages that the issue of perpetual bonds, or Consols, already proposed by Spain (and judged positively by Frans Timmermans, Dutch and Labour): “I see the advantages and personally I see it as a good solution – answers Gozi – at the moment it seems difficult to me that it could be the solution with which to get out of the negotiations, but it is important to feed the debate within the Netherlands and Germany”.

For the MEP, we must hurry: “I hope for an agreement as early as the June Council, because I believe that by now all the positions, clear, are on the table. We are now waiting for the Commission: how it will make its proposal will tell us if there is a possibility of closing in June or if we need extras”, he concluded.