Green Party election results are thrilling, Theresa May flunks Brexit grilling and justice demanded over journalist killing.
This week we are supported by Yara International, more about them at the end.
The big news from last weekend was a so-called “green wave” that swept across Europe in regional elections.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) October 15, 2018
Well, over Bavaria, Luxembourg and Brussels at least.
Green MEP Molly Scott Cato broke down the figures: the Green party took second place in Bavaria with 18 per cent, was first in 4 districts in Brussels and made gains in Luxembourg.
Election results in Bavaria (18%, 2nd), Brussels (1st in 4 districts) & Luxembourg show "a Green wave engulfing the center-left of the political spectrum."
— Molly Scott Cato MEP (@MollyMEP) October 15, 2018
As well as four green mayors in Brussels there were also good results in Antwerp and Gent reportted Linnéa Engström.
Green wave in #Belgium! @BartStaes giving us the figures. Four green mayors in #Brussels among good resaults in Antwerp, Gent and much more #greenvote @GreensEP @europeangreens pic.twitter.com/xRlATF0hVu
— Linnéa Engström (@LinneaEngstrom) October 16, 2018
In Bavaria, although CSU had the most votes overall,
Results of the Bavarian state elections where two of the three parties in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government suffered heavy losseshttps://t.co/vwP5sL0hWo pic.twitter.com/YqzHCZK1ge
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 15, 2018
Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth said the real winner was the Greens, who speak positively about Europe and migration: “People are tired of the hate and fear-mongering.”
The big winner in today's Bavaria elections may be the Greens, who speak positively about Europe and migration: “People are tired of the hate and fear-mongering.” “We are very clearly on the pro-European, pro-liberal democracy side." https://t.co/s4ribbwQbx pic.twitter.com/gKHkXg3tjx
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) October 14, 2018
Meanwhile in Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel of the Democratic party looks set to form a new government with the Greens.
— Cédric Gantzer (@tzeeet) October 17, 2018
“You see, you can be a European and not a populist and still win elections,” he said arriving at the European Council Summit on Wednesday.
— Alexandra Brzozowski (@alex_owski) October 17, 2018
Ah yes, the Summit. You could not miss it!
Laura Kuensseberg reported Council leader Donald Tusk saying “we need the feeling that we are near a breakthrough, I hope that tomorrow Prime Minister May will present something creative enough to solve this impasse” Hmmmm.
Tusk – ‘we need the feeling that we are near a breakthrough’ – ‘I hope that tomorrow PM May will present something creative enough to solve this impasse’ – hmmmm
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 16, 2018
Hmmmm indeed Laura!
Wednesday morning Brussels was a sea of black Mercedes, sirens, helicopters and security galore as Summit fever hit.
Brussels is a sea of black Mercedes right now. Summit fever agogo. Sirens, helicopters & security galore. I love the smell of protocol in the evening! pic.twitter.com/fnINW9KsY1
— Robert O'M (@ipcress) October 17, 2018
But Tusk was to be disappointed. Despite being allocated half an hour speaking time, Theresa May spoke for just 15 minutes. A “breakthrough” it was not.
Nonetheless she insisted her Brexit plan is not dead. “It’s merely pining for the Fjords,” quipped Jo Maugham.
"It's merely pining for the Fjords," she went on to insist. pic.twitter.com/HxniLcgvfz
— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) October 17, 2018
The Independent’s Europe Correspondent Jon Stone has been refusing to shave until there’s progress in Brexit talks – get used to the beard Jon!
I’ve been refusing to shave until there’s progress in Brexit talks pic.twitter.com/FG5ydLR6PC
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) October 14, 2018
Congrats to everyone who had money on a no-score draw. You’ve just won back a small fraction of your bet said Berlaymonster.
Congrats to everyone who had money on a no-score draw. You've just won back a small fraction of your bet. #euco
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) October 17, 2018
Andrew Byrne summed it up: No breakthrough on Brexit, but May expressed a willingness to consider extending the transition phase.
No breakthrough on Brexit tonight, but:
1. Antonio Tajani said May expressed a willingness to consider extending the transition phase.
2. One official said May accepted earlier this eve that the NI backstop, as agreed in Dec as an insurance policy, cannot have a time limit.
— Andrew Byrne (@aqbyrne) October 17, 2018
Jack Parrock added that there is no confirmed November summit, but anyone who’s followed EU sagas knows they could just pop one on the calendar at any time. Hard to wade through it all with an absolute load of Brexit noise at the moment while there’s actually very little going on.
No confirmed November summit on #Brexit but anyone who's followed EU sagas knows they could just pop one on the calendar at any time. Hard to wade through it all with an absolute load of Brexit noise at the moment while there's actually very little going on.
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) October 18, 2018
So little, that the Council dinner was the shortest in recent memory… leaving plenty of time for Merkel, Macron, Michel and Bettel to have a beer on Brussels’ Grand Place.
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) October 18, 2018
Finally Tuesday marked one year since the brutal murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Thousands gathered for vigils in Valletta and Brussels.
One of the saddest days of my #PressFreedom career, speaking to thousands of people gathered in front of #Malta's Palace of Justice 365 days after #DaphneCaruanaGalizia's assassination in front of a memorial that has repeatedly been removed. The mastermind remains at large pic.twitter.com/TqRRbgXeQw
— Dr. Courtney Radsch, PhD (@courtneyr) October 16, 2018
Those behind the vicious killing have still not been caught. “We need a public inquiry in Malta to provide Justice for Daphne,” said Julia Reda.
Journalists & politicians stood in silent vigil today, one year after the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galicia. Since then, other journalists investigating corruption have been murdered in the EU. We need a public inquiry in Malta to provide #JusticeforDaphne. pic.twitter.com/8wzd04bGW6
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) October 16, 2018
This week we are supported by Yara International who are calling for a move away from ammonia fertilizers to more smart, sustainable farming. Find out more by following #cleanairEU.
Ammonia poisons plants, people and the planet. #Yara calls for smart, sustainable farming in order to reduce emissions. Learn more at: https://t.co/4daox01ZoI #cleanaireu #ammonia2030 #KnowledgeGrows pic.twitter.com/3uwZhxexkL
— Yara International (@yara) October 18, 2018
That’s it for this week. Join me again next Friday for more thrills and spills in the Brussels Bubble Twittershphere.