Tweets of the Week: LGBTIQ divide, EUCO, Recovery Tour

Stadium lights are not political, member states stay critical, and Von der Leyen sees it all.

This episode is supported by the Martens Centre, more about their European Ideas Forum, later on. 

This week, one topic overshadowing all the other. Though, shadow is probably not the best word. Yes, I’m of course talking about Hungarian PM Viktor Orban ‘cancelling his trip to watch his team play Germany after the stadium rainbow lights row.

UEFA meanwhile was very busy explaining how this is definitely not political, saying UEFA Respects the Rainbow. 

Turning down the request to illuminate the Munich stadium in rainbow colours is not political. 

On the contrary, the request itself was political, linked to the Hungarians football team’s presence. 

Chris Pesch said: Keep digging, guys. The hole is not deep enough yet.

But hey, Croatia’s EU commissioner (for demography and blah blah) likes UEFA’s explanation, said Sam Morgan.


Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality, on the other hand, said: 

Rainbows are not offensive. LGBTIQphobia is.

The votes were initially also split in the Council, where

On the initiative of Belgium and Benelux, 13 member states send a strong signal against recent anti-LGBTIQ laws passed in Hungary, calling on the EU Commission to act, so Belgium’s Sophie Wilmes. 

Dave Keating called it Europe’s LGBT divide.

Though Stefan de Koning, pointed out, that these – back then – 14 countries represent almost 70% of the EU’s population. Important nuance to the narrative that the EU is 50:50 split on this point.

And more and more member states joining the list, and also, the Commission:


It was clear this bill was against EU values, now we assessed, it is also against EU law, so Vera Jourava. 

Just in time for the European Council, where a group of EU countries will confront Viktor Orban and demand he repeal the country’s LGBTI+ bill, reported Mehreen Khan. 

Ah, yes, Who could forget? Leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, to talk about tackling the pandemic and migration. 


MEP Assistant imagined the reaction to Charles Michel announcing that Hungary will be discussed a little bit like this: 

While Gerardo Fortuna predicted that 

EU leaders will be like, you know, that guy, from that match. 

And that’s not the only late edition. 


The FT’s Valentina Pop broke the news that Germany and France want EU to invite Putin to a summit with EU leaders and engage in a “selective engagement” with Russia on issues of common interest. Smaller EU nations are fuming. 

And fuming is right. 


Estonia’s former president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves tweeted that 

Merkel and Macron are either clueless or have learnt nothing from 80 years of history and the nations betrayed by the Germans.

Without even talking to other EU countries. Exactly like their forebears. 

And Pawel_Tokarski called it The perfect recipe for messing up the June #EUCO summit: A bad idea, put forward by an inappropriate political format and terrible timing.

This episode is supported by the Martens Centre, their European Ideas Forum is happening on the 29th and 30th of June. Under the title  ‘A Roaring Twenties for Europe?’it will discuss Crises and Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic Age’. To find out more, just head over to their Twitter. 


Also happening this week, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, showed off her fancy new Covid Travel Certificate, or whatever we’re calling it these days, by visiting as many EU countries as possible. 

Or as she announced it: Her “#NextGenerationEU tour”


To personally give the green light to the recovery plans and hand out some big folders. 











You get the picture. 

And so did Italy, apparently.

As Mario Draghi’s Italy has found its iconic photo.

DG Meme captioned it best: 

A frugal morning to you all!

While Belgium’s State Secretary seemed happy his government could avoid a new Sofa issue.


And that’s it for another week, join us again next friday lights and fights in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere

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