Ditching French submarines leads to a brawl, turns out Viktor Orban isn’t that tall, and European Commission proposes a single digital charger for all.
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Last week, Australia, the UK and the US announced their fancy new military alliance, with the catchy abbreviation “AUKUS”.
But not invited to the party: the French. And even worse: Australia cancelled a contract for submarines with the country.
Theresa Fallon was unsurprised saying that “When it came to the crunch, Australians preferred to be close to a superpower, not a mini-power.”
Lesson of #Aukus is that🇫🇷by itself is too small to make much of a dent in strategic affairs. Every 4yrs🇨🇳 build as many ships as there are in entire French fleet.When it came to the crunch,Australians preferred to be close to a superpower,not a minipower. https://t.co/4M7sWa2T8W
— Theresa Fallon (@TheresaAFallon) September 19, 2021
DG Meme pronounced it: “J’aukus…!”
— DG MEME 🇪🇺 (@meme_ec) September 20, 2021
And AmericanEUDude wondered: Is a French submarine called a Vous Boat?
Is a French submarine called a Vous Boat? #sendtweet
— American EU Dude 🇺🇸🇪🇺😎 (@AmericanEUDude) September 17, 2021
But by Wednesday this week, the US-France patching up had begun, as reported by Sophie Pedder: Biden and Macron agreed to meet in Europe at the end of October.
The patching up begins. Biden-Macron phone call this afternoon:
“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies…They will meet in Europe at the end of October”. French Ambassador to return to DC next week” 1/2 pic.twitter.com/r0vgaMQhAM
— Sophie Pedder (@PedderSophie) September 22, 2021
British PM Boris Johnson, made no such overtures saying it was time for the French to “prenez un grip” and “donnez-moi un break”.
Boris Johnson, speaking outside the Capitol, says it’s time for the French to “prenez un grip” and “donnez-moi un break” after the spat over a U.K. submarine deal with the U.S. and Australia pic.twitter.com/FpVywohTjK
— Kitty Donaldson (@kitty_donaldson) September 22, 2021
Someone hasn’t maintained their Duolingo streak and it shows remarked Yasmeen Serhan.
Someone hasn’t maintained their Duolingo streak and it shows https://t.co/kBiE3j1ZrQ
— Yasmeen Serhan ياسمين سرحان (@YasmeenSerhan) September 22, 2021
While Frédéric Moreau was just appalled by the humourless, nativist arrogance of the Eton lifer. Unpleasant, incurious men with Latin tags, the lovingly-curated, archaic vocabulary, the theatrical enthusiasm, bottomless mediocrity and the howling tundra where their soul should be.
The humourless, nativist arrogance of the Eton lifer. I was taught by unpleasant, incurious men like this. The Latin tags, the lovingly-curated, archaic vocabulary, the theatrical enthusiasm, the bottomless mediocrity, the howling tundra where their soul should be. pic.twitter.com/PKykFZOROS
— Frédéric Moreau 🚎 (@goodclimate) September 22, 2021
Now, now Fred, say what you mean!
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This week the Budapest Demographic Summit took place featuring half a dozen conservative men gathering to talk about womens’ reproductive rights.
MEP Katalin Cseh described it as infuriating and medieval.
Setting aside the ridiculous visuals— Mike Pence, Viktor Orban and half a dozen *MEN* gathering in Hungary to talk about women and families is infuriating and medieval.
Let me be very clear:
Nothing about us, without us. pic.twitter.com/GtiOgV1xlp
— Katalin Cseh (@katka_cseh) September 23, 2021
But even she couldn’t ignore the ridiculous visuals. Name this band she tweeted!
Who wouldn’t want to party with these lads asked Sam Morgan.
Who wouldn’t want to party with these lads pic.twitter.com/5jR5jajKNC
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) September 22, 2021
Viktor Orban Action Figure: Available Now In All Good Toyshops quipped Le Chou.
Viktor Orban Action Figure: Available Now In All Good Toyshops pic.twitter.com/t9qSTKI4o5
— Le Chou (@LeChouNews) September 23, 2021
Indeed Viktor Orban really is “taking the ring to Mordor”.
Orban is certainly "taking the ring to Mordor" isn't he??! 😅😅 https://t.co/dJmq6jzVYL
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) September 23, 2021
Staying with a Lord of the Ring theme, the S&D Group promised One charger to rule them all!
Tired of charging cables piling up? Fed up with spending 💶on new ones?
We have been fighting for a common charger for electronic devices. Today, @EU_Commission is finally proposing new EU legislation on it.
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) September 23, 2021
As the European Commission finally got around to proposing a common charger for electronic devices.
Are your chargers piling up in a drawer?
We propose a common charger for mobile phones and other similar electronic devices.
A single charger will be more convenient for people and will reduce electronic waste.
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) September 23, 2021
Alexander Fanta said it was great news, but what took them so long?
UPDATE: Today the Commission is finally backtracking and reportedly will announce today a common charger for devices such as phones, cameras and tablets. Great news, but what took them so long? https://t.co/GEjIajyrm9
— Alexander Fanta (@FantaAlexx) September 23, 2021
Maybe they were out of battery?
Foo Yun Chee pointed out that Apple won’t be happy
— Foo Yun Chee (@FooYunChee) September 21, 2021
Martini Seltzermayr imagined it would look something like this:
After decades of tough committee negotiations, the EU is now ready to unveil its consensus proposal for the standardised mobile phone charger pic.twitter.com/PbtWJfxPLS
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) September 23, 2021
Laura Kayali treated the news with the gravitas it deserves! Today is the day the European Parliament has been waiting for for a decade.
Today is the day the European Parliament has been waiting for for a decade: The Commission will present a legislative proposal for a common charger.
— Laura Kayali (@LauKaya) September 23, 2021
But which will take another 10 years to be implemented (by which time all new devices will have wireless chargers, moaned Sam Hedatufox.
which will take another x years to be implemented (by which time all new devices will have wireless chargers…)
— Sam Hedatufox 🇫🇷🇮🇪🇪🇺🏉 (@instantstreet) September 23, 2021
Well thanks Sam, you’re a little ray of sunshine!
Meanwhile Sam Morgan thinks everyone has misunderstood the ‘single charger’ plan. It’s not a single type of charger, it’s just one charger we all have to share!
🔌 Guys, I think you've all misunderstood the Commission's 'single charger' plan. It's not a single type of charger, it's just one charger we all have to share. It's a galaxy-brain solution to the high electricity prices
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) September 23, 2021