This week, England played Belgium, oh what a game! FYR Macedonia changes its name, and Stop Soros law is Hungary’s shame.
World cup mania continues this week with the shock defeat of Germany and all eyes on the so-called Brexit derby between England and Belgium.
Even Commissioner Phil Hogan and Jean Claude Juncker got in on the action.
It’s going this way ref! No this way! HAWKEYE!! pic.twitter.com/FQNsvGyhqP
— Phil Hogan (@PhilHoganEU) June 22, 2018
Could someone do a Germany World Cup schadenfreude joke? begged Alan Beattie after they were knocked out by South Korea on Wednesday.
Could someone do a Germany World Cup schadenfreude joke? kdankebye
— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) June 27, 2018
But Rike Franke said after only 10 minutes, she’d already heard ALL THE JOKES about Schadenfreude, Germany losing in Russia, and Germans not investing enough in defence.
It's only been 10 minutes and I've already heard ALL THE JOKES about Schadenfreude, Germany losing in Russia, and Germans not investing enough in defence. I'm out for today.#KORGER pic.twitter.com/zydme5ODpI
— Ulrike E Franke (@RikeFranke) June 27, 2018
So Robin Wauters helpfully advised how to recycle your German flag.
Jamie Ross claimed English men are only ever one German defeat away from turning into a sunburnt dad loudly criticising the foreigners at the package holiday buffet.
English men are only ever one German defeat away from turning into a sunburnt dad loudly criticising the foreigners at the package holiday buffet.
— Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) June 27, 2018
Meanwhile, Gavin Jackson has prepared the joke of a lifetime. England need to beat Belgium he said, so I can do an unfunny tweet about “your boys took one hell of a beating” where the punchline is there are no famous Belgians.
England need to beat Belgium so I can do an unfunny tweet of that "your boys took one hell of a beating" where the puchline is there are no famous Belgians.
— Gavin Jackson (@GavinHJackson) June 25, 2018
Ian McConnell reported that England fans were warned against anti-Euro chants ahead of ‘Brexit derby’ against Belgium.
England fans warned over anti-Euro chants ahead of 'Brexit derby' against Belgium https://t.co/TIhHrRvi1W
— Ian McConnell (@ianmcconnellHT) June 26, 2018
But Georgie Frost has had enough! Oh please FIFA World Cup rules ban “displaying insulting or political slogans in any form.” This is not a Brexit story nor a football one and Thursday is certainly not a Brexit-derby!
Oh please! @FIFAWorldCup rules ban “displaying insulting or political slogans in any form” & “uttering insulting words or sounds”. ALL political slogans. This is not a Brexit story nor a football one and Thursday is certainly not a Brexit- derby! 🙄 @Telegraph https://t.co/QBjMirDJZd
— Georgie Frost ❄️☃️ (@GECFrost) June 26, 2018
Tell that to these people!
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) June 28, 2018
Elsewhere, a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name – that no one outside the region truly understands – finally came to an end.
Macedonian parliament ratifies name deal with Greece to end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name. https://t.co/L2baImC3QF
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2018
And the EU decided to conditionally grant a date for accession talks in June 2019.
Meto Koloski however does not categorize this as a success. 10 years have passed since the country met requirements he said.
I cannot grasp how someone would categorize today’s #EU decision to conditionally grant a date for accession talks to #Macedonia in June 2019 as a success. 10 years have passed since the country met requirements. It was above any country in Western Balkans. No further comment.
— Meto Koloski (@MetodijaKoloski) June 26, 2018
Dave Keating was surprised that the Greece-Macedonia name dispute is now seen as less intractable than Brexit.
Now that the name dispute between Macedonia & Greece is (tentatively) resolved, Greece will end its veto on that country joining the EU. Germany is keen to endorse the start of accession talks today.
The Greece-Macedonia name dispute is now seen as less intractable than #Brexit
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) June 26, 2018
And others wondered if renaming Britain as the ‘Former European Union Member State of the United Kingdom’ would help.
Would renaming Britain as the ‘Former European Union Member State of the United Kingdom’ assist at all? https://t.co/YQU1kXim5F
— [Restricted] Animal (@politic_animal) June 26, 2018
Only if they promise tomato-based bribes!
Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitrov Nikola promised to send the tastiest tomatoes in the world to whoever supports the start of accession talks.
The tastiest tomato in the world! Whoever supports the start of the accession talks for Macedonia with the EU next week, we promise to send you a fresh package of Macedonian tomatoes by post 🙂 pic.twitter.com/5B2cE6BcQs
— Nikola Dimitrov (@Dimitrov_Nikola) June 24, 2018
With the Netherlands the only hold-out, Bruno Waterfield reckoned he’s got to the bottom of it: they must be scared of good tomatoes.
Those tomatoes look damn good.
Better than the ubiquitous Dutch crap everywhere outside the sunny south. Hang on.
Dutch are biggest tomato exporters (why only heaven knows). And Dutch are blocking Macedonia's EU bid.
Scared of good tomatoes. https://t.co/RnEOlv6EDy
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) June 26, 2018
Danny Kemp summed it up: No agreement on Macedonia. No agreement on migrants. No agreement on eurozone reforms. No agreement on Brexit. Truly a stellar week for the EU!
No agreement on Macedonia/Albania. No agreement on migrants. No agreement on eurozone reforms. No agreement on Brexit. Truly a stellar week for the EU https://t.co/aRS4C6h9xL
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) June 26, 2018
Finally to Hungary.
EURACTIV’s Georgi Gotev reported that Hungary approved the so-called “STOP Soros” law, prohibiting the “resettlement of an alien population” and making it a crime to offer help to refugees.
— Georgi Gotev (@GeorgiGotev) June 21, 2018
As a result, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted to trigger Article 7, sending a clear message that human rights violations will not be tolerated.
#BREAKING @EP_Justice LIBE Committee have sent clear message that violations of #humanrights and attacks on #NGOs should not be accepted in #EU. They voted to trigger Art. 7 on #Hungary now over to #eplenary pic.twitter.com/aHGPtg8lX6
— Iverna McGowan (@iverna1) June 25, 2018
Jennifer Rankin said that British Conservatives voting against the action because they oppose EU interference, raises uncomfortable questions about commitment to democratic values.
British Conservatives voted against rule of law action on Hungary.
Just as they did with Poland b/c they object to EU "interference"
And again, that is raising uncomfortable questions about gov commitment to democratic values in central and eastern Europe.
— Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) June 25, 2018
An alleged Banksy mural of Viktor Orbán riding Thomas the tank engine discovered in Budapest this week shows more vigor.
But Szabolcs Panyi reckons there’s a 100% likelihood it will be destroyed.
An alleged Banksy painting was discovered today in Budapest’s 7th district – Viktor Orbán riding Thomas the tank engine. (Massive Attack was in town for the weekend.)
Since the district is run by Orbán’s party, 100% the painting will be destroyed.
Pics by Csaba Szunyogh/444.hu pic.twitter.com/YPQ2euG5jF
— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) June 25, 2018
And as if that wasn’t enough, Billy Elliot the musical has been cancelled in Hungary over claims it turns children gay!
— GAY TIMES (@gaytimesmag) June 25, 2018
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That’s it for this weeks Tweets of the Week. Join us again next week for more goals, polls and trolls in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.