Christmas plenary plans are not much to applaud, Blackrock contract inherently flawed, Orban versus Clooney leaves us all slack jawed, and we bid farewell to the Hand of God.
On the 28th day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeee, a Straaasbourg pleeenaryyyyyyyy quipped Martini Seltzermayr.
On the 28th day of Christmas, my true love gave to meeee, a Straaasbourg pleeenaryyyyyyyy
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) November 23, 2020
Berlaymonster reminds MEPs that the period is known as the “merrineum”
As MEPs are planning a #Brexit plenary between Christmas and New Year, a reminder that that period is known as the "merrineum"
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) November 23, 2020
But Raphael Weyland sees an upside saying that those complaining about #stayhome restrictions will have less to argue with friends and family!
#Brexit a good task to keep us busy during #Christmas, where some of us are already complaining that with #stayhome restrictions we will have less to argue with friends and family during that holy peaceful time …
— Raphael Weyland 🇪🇺 (@news_rapha) November 23, 2020
French MEP Nathalie Loiseau complained that “to most observers, Brexit looks like a boring, grey soap opera with many repetitive episodes.”
We try, Nathalie, we really do replied journo Nick Gutteridge.
French MEP Nathalie Loiseau says that 'to most observers, Brexit looks like a boring, grey soap opera with many repetitive episodes'. We try, Nathalie, we really do.
— Nick Gutteridge (@nickgutteridge) November 25, 2020
It’s the political version of Eastenders, said John Whelan.
It's the political version of Eastenders
— John W. 🇮🇪🇺🇸🇪🇸🇪🇺 (@_JohnWhelan) November 25, 2020
John, despite Ursula Von der Leyen telling MEPs and governments they need a “creative” compromise, I don’t really think it is!
We'll negotiate hard but you have to stick to the "creative" compromise, Von der Leyen tells MEPs and national governments https://t.co/9nnSnnifkc
— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) November 25, 2020
It’s scandal time again…
The EU Commission hired Blackrock, a big investor in #fossilfuels, to advise on the EU’s sustainable finance agenda, explained Corporate Europe Observatory adding that the Commission did not properly consider conflicts of interest when granting the contract.
— CEO (@corporateeurope) November 25, 2020
And on Wednesday the EU Ombudsman criticised the Commission saying it should have done more to consider if there was a conflict of interest.
Decision to award a contract to @BlackRock to study integrating sustainable finance #ESG objectives into @EU_Finance rules – @EU_Commission should have been more rigorous in verifying whether there was a #conflictofinterest
PRESS RELEASE: https://t.co/X6KlVm49gr
— European Ombudsman (@EUombudsman) November 25, 2020
The name ‘BlackRock’ didn’t ring alarm bells?? Tweeted Brian McGuire incredulously.
The name ‘BlackRock’ didn’t ring alarm bells??@EUOmbudsmanEOR asks @EU_Commission to improve guidelines for assessing bidders for contracts related to public policy – EC awarded study ctt to BlackRock Investment Mgt in an area of financial and regulatory interest to the firm.
— Brian Maguire (@BrianMaguireEU) November 25, 2020
Wow, the Commission actually found BlackRock’s price “abnormally low” tweeted
Benjamin Braun, who finds it “curious that the world’s most fearsome antitrust enforcer didn’t think that something fishy might be going on.”
Wow, the Commission actually found BlackRock's price “abnormally low". Curious that the world's most fearsome antitrust enforcer didn't think that something fishy might be going on. https://t.co/rBaqaj3zXe
— Benjamin Braun (@BJMbraun) November 25, 2020
“Asking #BlackRock to suggest the best rules for sustainable finance is like asking a nuclear power company for advice on a nuclear phase-out,” said Kenneth Haar.
"Asking #BlackRock to suggest the best rules for sustainable finance is like asking a nuclear power company for advice on a nuclear phase-out," said @KennethHaar from @corporateeurope https://t.co/Uh08LaBYvl
— Elena Sánchez Nicolás (@Sanchelen) November 25, 2020
Also this week…
COVID rages around Hungary, our healthcare system is crumbling, unemployment is on the rise. And Hungary’s government *checks notes* is sparring with George Clooney, pointed out MEP Katalin Cseh.
COVID rages around Hungary, our healthcare system is crumbling, unemployment is on the rise
Hungary's government *checks notes* is sparring with George Clooneyhttps://t.co/8T8uLFmg3e
— Katalin Cseh (@katka_cseh) November 24, 2020
Two things I never thought I’d hear in the same sentence: Viktor Orbán and George Clooney. But hey, it’s 2020. Anything is possible, added Carisa Nietsche.
Two things I never thought I'd hear in the same sentence: Viktor Orbán and George Clooney. But hey, it's 2020. Anything is possible. https://t.co/wO4D67mDE2
— Carisa Nietsche (@CarisaNietsche) November 24, 2020
It breaks down like this: Clooney said Orban along with Bolsonaro in Brazil was spreading hate.
This is what Clooney said: "We weren’t in the middle of a pandemic when it happened, but there were still all these other elements, these elements of how much hate and anger all of us are experiencing… – go to Bolsonaro in Brazil, or Orban in Hungary.”
— Emily 🥯 Tamkin (@emilyctamkin) November 24, 2020
And Orban’s Fidesz party reacted in entirely predictable fashion by claiming George Clooney is a stooge for George Soros.
Flora Garamvolgyi summed up the typical playbook:
– [ Literally anyone criticizing Orban ]
– Hungarian pro gov’t media: Soros!!!
– [ Literally anyone criticizing Orban ]
– Hungarian pro gov't media: Soros!!! https://t.co/fGnfLjE041
— Flora Garamvolgyi (@floragaramvolgy) November 23, 2020
George Clooney responded: “The Orban propaganda machine is lying, full stop. (…) I would be ashamed if I were not on record for speaking out against this kind of authoritarianism”
George Clooney: “The Orban propaganda machine is lying, full stop. (…) I would be ashamed if I were not on record for speaking out against the kind of authoritarianism (typical of) the Orban regime.” https://t.co/cW1bw72DQd
— Szabolcs Panyi (@panyiszabolcs) November 24, 2020
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European Parliament president David Sassoli was the first to tweet condolences from the EU.
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) November 25, 2020
And Tweet of God said “I just got my hand back.” #RIPMaradona