Angela Merkel called for compromise from “both sides” on the dispute over the EU budget and rule of law mechanism, says Hans von der Burchard at Politico. Daniel Hegedus, writing for this site, is furious and says it amounts to appeasement
Word reaches the Newshound that the Dutch Parliament have voted in favour of the motion asking its government to invoke Article 259 of the EU treaties, to sue Poland directly over its attacks on the EU legal order. This is embarrassing for the Commission, which has been dragging its feet.
Meanwhile Poland was defending itself before the ECJ in the case of the “Disciplinary Chamber”, not a new Harry Potter book, but the institution used by the Polish government to control judges it believes are too independent. By all accounts, the case had a certain Total Landscaping vibe.
Oh, and the UK seems to want to break the withdrawal agreement again. Rumours that Dominic Cummings’s exit would soften Britain’s stance seem wide of the mark.