Posted: 11.01.2023 11:01:00

German Foreign Ministry said EU could no longer afford individual countries to block its decisions

The European Union could no longer afford to have decisions blocked by individual member states – as noted by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, TASS reports


During a speech in Lisbon, where the Head of the German Foreign Ministry arrived on an official visit, she said, “Qualified majority voting can lead to fairer results for all of us. We must be capable of acting efficiently and swiftly.”

Moreover, Annalena Baerbock said that EU countries often fail to prepare even a draft press release, because they ‘cannot agree on the same wording’.

In August, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suggested that the EU should gradually abolish the right of veto and move towards a system of decision-making by a simple majority vote. The risk that some EU members, in his opinion, will use the right of veto and prevent everyone else from moving forward increases with each stage of the expansion of the community.