Tweets of the Week: Court Decision, Funding Marathon, Deconfinement Rules

German court ruling gives ECB a fright, global leaders pull together with all of their might, and in some places it seems a lockdown end is in sight.

This week we are supported by ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, more about them later on. 

On Tuesday we all found out more about German constitutional issues than we really wanted to when the country’s Constitutional Court ruled against the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program. 


As Carsten Brzeski pointed out the decision by the Karlsruhe court is contrary to the verdict of the European Court of Justice.

Jean Quatremer said the judges had declared war on the EU and the euro.

Guy Verhofstadt said if every Constitutional Court of every member state starts giving its own interpretation of what Europe can and cannot do, it’s the beginning of the end. 

MEP assistants couldn’t resist this comparison.

It’s true, they look absolutely ridiculous!

Better not let any conspiracy theorists see them said Michael Mc Loughlin.


While Pepijn Bergsen said the ECB and the Bundesbank having a snarky discussion over Twitter was taking transparency to new levels.


Monday was the fourth day of the fifth month of the year so yes… Star Wars day! And everyone tried to hook their PR stunt to May the Fourth be with you!


The European Commission probably did it best bringing everyone together for an International Pledging Event to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sam Stolton said VdL was keeping it real like Bob Geldof circa 1985

One notable absence from the event was Donald Trump and the USA.


The UK missed many cooperation emails on #coronavirus, but they are in when it’s about a video! Snarked DG Meme.


Our sponsor this week, ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, is doing its bit and helping students around the world to take their exams at home while exam centres are closed due to the pandemic.

But luckily it appears there is some light at the end of the tunnel as various countries begin to slowly come out of lockdown.


Killian Sundermann took the #LeoVaradkar challenge listing all the things that will re-open in Ireland.

That’s quite the tongue-twister but at least the message is clear.


In Brussels, it’s less so. Only mandatory to wear face masks on public transport. 

Except in Etterbeek, where masks are required outside. But only on some streets, between specific house numbers, at certain times. Yep, Dave Keating, it IS confusing!


So much so, that some people took deconfinement to extremes – like this guy canoeing in the Flagey lake  spotted by Alison Abrahams… and quite a few others.


In Austria they are skiing again. 


And in Germany, you can put your children in a beer garden – as beer gardens can reopen but kindergartens can’t.

That’s it for this week. Join me again next Friday for more snide asides as we’re all still inside. And remember if you’d like to sponsor an episode and have your message featured front and centre, do get in touch.


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