Brexit fatigue sets in swiftly, climate targets net-zero by 2050, and no show Zuckerberg looks incredibly shifty.
This week we are supported by Logos Public Affairs. Happy birthday to them!
This week it was Brexit, Brexit, Brexit. Yes, again. James Rothwell reported that Belgian police asked anti-Brexit campaigners to stop burning a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement in the streets.
Belgian police have asked anti-Brexit campaigners to stop burning a copy of the Withdrawal Agreement in Brussels
— James Rothwell (@JamesERothwell) November 25, 2018
Before, presumably, being baffled by these scenes.
Scenes from the Remain protest in Brussels: pic.twitter.com/Scd9TGtEgm
— Aubrey Allegretti (@breeallegretti) November 25, 2018
On Tuesday, slightly more dignified Remainers brought their case to the European Court of Justice.
At #CJEU for #article50 revocation case with @AlynSmith & @andywightman & @JolyonMaugham. We start At 8am UK time #StopBrexit #PeoplesVote thanks to all who funded this through @GoodLawProject pic.twitter.com/s4r1CRPhKW
— Joanna Cherry QC MP (@joannaccherry) November 27, 2018
As Zoya Sheftalovic noted, the date for the advocate general’s non-binding opinion on Article 50 is 4th of December.
— Zoya Sheftalovich (@zoyashef) November 28, 2018
So put it in your diaries!
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier held a closed-doors meeting with MEPs from the Constitutional Affairs committee.
— Diane James MEP (@DianeJamesMEP) November 27, 2018
By Thursday he was back to talk to the whole chamber, but was greeted with an almost empty hemicycle.
Barnier speaks to a near-empty European Parliament chamber. For the EU, Brexit is over. pic.twitter.com/4sVLEHMXuH
— Ian Wishart (@IanWishart) November 29, 2018
Catherine Feore said it must be Brexaustion and apathy.
— Catherine Feore (@OrpheusEU) November 29, 2018
But James Crisp reported that one of the few who showed up, Nigel Farage was congratulating Michel Barnier! I wish you were on our side because it is game, set and match to you, he said.
Even Nigel Farage is congratulating Michel Barnier!
"I wish you were on our side because it is game, set and match to you"
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) November 29, 2018
And top cartoon this week? NASA has discovered living beings on Mars and they are all against the Brexit deal.
Back on Earth, on Wednesday the European Union proposed to stop contributing to global climate change by 2050.
Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete was thrilled. The landmark strategy means that Europe will be the world’s first major economy to go for net zero, he said. Adding I’m proud to be European.
AGREED! @EU_Commission just adopted the landmark #EU2050 climate strategy for a #ClimateNeutralEU by 2050. Europe will be the world’s first major economy to go for #NetZero2050. Ready for #COP24! I’m proud to be European. ?? pic.twitter.com/sPPeReqNtL
— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) November 28, 2018
The move to climate neutrality has broad-based support, said Jonathan Gaventa. Net-zero has already been backed by several member states, plus investors, businesses, utilities, scientists, cities, regions and civil society.
5. The move to climate neutrality has broad-based support.
The Commission isn't alone in its position. The net-zero goal has already been backed by several member states, plus investors, businesses, utilities, scientists, cities, regions and civil society.
— Jonathan Gaventa (@jonathangaventa) November 28, 2018
Gregorz Radziejewski tweeted, Let’s face it, without deep engagement of private capital, Net-Zero 2050 will remain just a wish. This must be big on public private alliance.
Let’s face it: without deep engagement of private capital #NetZero2050 will remain just a wish. This must be big public+private alliance (i.e. regulation+capital) #ClimateNeutralEU #circulareconomy #EU2050 #COP24 https://t.co/8mkxKWFJQ1
— Radziejewski (@grzegorzradzie2) November 29, 2018
Meanwhile spoof account Martini Seltzermayr decided to hold a poll. Which is the best route to a carbon neutral future? Burn everything down or stop burning everything down?
POLL: which is the best route to a carbon neutral future?
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) November 28, 2018
Finally, this week’s biggest European appearance was a no show.
NO SHOW from Zuckerberg at Facebook hearing happening now in London, lawmakers leave an empty chair. pic.twitter.com/408zQvuLRV
— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) November 27, 2018
Henry Mance quipped, either Mark Zuckerberg is really short, or he hasn’t turned up to Parliament.
Either Mark Zuckerberg is really short, or he hasn't turned up to parliament today pic.twitter.com/3HtovTq0uQ
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) November 27, 2018
Indeed he had not. Facebook sent VP for Policy Solutions, Richard Allan instead. And he faced quite a grilling.
We’ve never seen anything quite like Facebook, said MP Charlie Angus, calling Zuckerberg a frat-boy billionaire from California.
“We've never seen anything quite like Facebook, where while we were playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions … seem to have been upended by frat boy billionaires from California.” –@CharlieAngusNDP ht @ReliableSources @brianstelter https://t.co/8h3oATcl8D
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) November 28, 2018
Leading journalist Carole Cadwalladr said magnificent shade was being thrown by the Parliament.
Magnificent shade being thrown by parliament.
MP to Facebook's lobbyist, Lord Allan:
"Lord Allan you are a member of parliament. How do you think it looks that Mark Zuckerberg didn't turn up to to answer questions to parliament today?"
Lord Allan: "Not great." pic.twitter.com/mSwRHtmVm2
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) November 27, 2018
Even the official the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, itself tweeted. 9 countries. 24 official representatives. 447 million people represented. Where is Mark Zuckerberg?
24 official representatives.
447 million people represented.
One question: where is Mark Zuckerberg? pic.twitter.com/BK3KrKvQf3
— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsCMS) November 27, 2018
Alex von Witzleben said “Zuckerberg et al would be well advised to use what remains of their political capital to design the new online rulebook before lawmakers lose patience completely.”
Zuckerberg et al would be well advised to use what remains of their political capital to design the new online rulebook before lawmakers lose patience completely – EURACTIV – THE BRIEF: https://t.co/lh1Z2pKAL4 #Facebook #Zuckerberg #socialmedia #CambridgeAnalytica #dataprotection
— Alex von Witzleben (@AlexWitzleben) November 27, 2018
This week we are supported by Logos Public Affairs, who celebrated turning 20 by extending solution offerings and exploring new horizons in Geneva and Paris.
.@Logos_PA turned 20 this month! Beyond the happy #celebration (https://t.co/5eRw9CYz30), Logos extends its solution offering, integrating #publicaffairs with event content and digital #communication services and exploring new horizons in #Geneva & #Paris through @MCI_Group
— Logos (@LOGOS_PA) November 27, 2018
That’s it for this week. Join me again next week for more snarks and larfs in the Brussels bubble Twittersphere.