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.
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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.
— BVerfG (@BVerfG) May 5, 2020
As Carsten Brzeski pointed out the decision by the Karlsruhe court is contrary to the verdict of the European Court of Justice.
And the struggle of the Courts continues as German Constitutional Court qualifies #ECB QE as ultra vires, contrary to verdict of the European Court of Justice
— Carsten Brzeski (@carstenbrzeski) May 5, 2020
Jean Quatremer said the judges had declared war on the EU and the euro.
Les juges constitutionnels allemands déclarent la guerre à l’UE et à l’euro. Mon analyse https://t.co/yOynJ9jubQ
— Jean Quatremer (@quatremer) May 5, 2020
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.
(2) 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. The EU’s constitutional watchdog is the European Court of Justice and that’s the way it should remain!
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) May 5, 2020
MEP assistants couldn’t resist this comparison.
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) May 6, 2020
It’s true, they look absolutely ridiculous!
Better not let any conspiracy theorists see them said Michael Mc Loughlin.
— Michael Mc Loughlin (@mmclou) May 6, 2020
While Pepijn Bergsen said the ECB and the Bundesbank having a snarky discussion over Twitter was taking transparency to new levels.
Great summary of the situation. Also made me suddenly realise that the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank are basically having this slightly snarky discussion over Twitter, taking transparency to new levels. https://t.co/6UvTyKXnbg
— Pepijn Bergsen (@pbergsen) May 5, 2020
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.
Join forces, mobilise resources, together we can beat #COVIDー19!
Join President @vonderleyen and many others in the Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Event#UnitedAgainstCoronavirus #StrongerTogether #GlobalResponse https://t.co/tysHA7gem0 pic.twitter.com/49hXNIxk3X
— 🇪🇺 EU Defence Industry & Space l DG DEFIS (@defis_eu) May 4, 2020
Sam Stolton said VdL was keeping it real like Bob Geldof circa 1985
VdL & her pledging marathon keeping it real like Bob Geldof circa 1985 https://t.co/TKhdEied4d
— Samuel Stolton (@SamuelStolton) April 30, 2020
One notable absence from the event was Donald Trump and the USA.
🌍 EU and world leaders came together to pledge billions towards creating and sharing a #COVID19 vaccine at today's virtual fundraising conference.
One notable absence from the event was the USA. pic.twitter.com/9SSdFlmg12
— DW Europe (@dw_europe) May 4, 2020
The UK missed many cooperation emails on #coronavirus, but they are in when it’s about a video! Snarked DG Meme.
They might have missed many cooperation emails on #coronavirus, but they are in when it's about a video!
— DG MEME (@meme_ec) May 4, 2020
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.
ACCA is enabling students around the world to take their exams at home or in another location in circumstances where centre-based exam sittings are disrupted. https://t.co/ZlwO0l38UP pic.twitter.com/yviztO8dcZ
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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.
— Killian Sundermann (@killersundymann) May 2, 2020
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!
In Brussels it's only mandatory to wear #facemasks on public transport.
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) May 6, 2020
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.
Today is the first day of the #Deconfinement
B2B businesses can reopen and… people can kayak 🛶
Which I guess is why I just saw a man kayaking in the #Ixelles Flagey lake 😂
— Alison A (@AlisonBrux) May 4, 2020
In Austria they are skiing again.
— Skipedia.co.uk (@skipedia) May 7, 2020
And in Germany, you can put your children in a beer garden – as beer gardens can reopen but kindergartens can’t.
"Soon you can put your nursery-age children in a beer garden" – @derspiegel's take on Germany's latest round of easing, under which beer gardens can reopen but kindergartens can't. pic.twitter.com/6kjxHrJ9eB
— Oliver Moody (@olivernmoody) May 7, 2020
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.