Slovenian presidency could be a free-for-all, Viktor Orban still has some gall, and we are all still very excited about football.
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Yesterday Slovenia took over the six-month rolling presidency of the European Council.
Its motto is “Together. Resilient. Europe,” but, um, how shall I put this? There are … issues.
Namely, Trumpist PM, Janez Janša who likes to troll think tankers on Twitter and doesn’t much like democracy said Sophie Pornschlegel – controversial might prove an understatement.
It's a controversial presidency – Slovenia has a trumpist PM, Janez Janša, who likes to troll think tankers on Twitter & doesn't think much of democracy. EU leaders have to face what they tried to ignore for a long time – increasing authoritarianism at the helm of the EU. /2
— Sophie Pornschlegel (@spornschlegel) July 1, 2021
Émilie Vanderhulst foresees a long 6 months ahead!
So tomorrow will be the first day of the Slovenian rotating presidency of the Council of EU… 6 long months ahead! https://t.co/feZVSCYYGI
— Émilie Vanderhulst 🇧🇪🇪🇺😷 (@BirdingBrussels) June 30, 2021
Slovenia is also the only participating Member State that has yet to send its candidates to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Just in: 1 candidate to become a European Delegated Prosecutor for #EPPO in 🇫🇮, sent by the Finnish Minister of Justice @anna_maja @oikeusmin. Slovenia is now the only participating Member State that has yet to send us its candidates. pic.twitter.com/7ZIFER7fnD
— European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) (@EUProsecutor) June 30, 2021
Just got this invitation to the Slovenian EU presidency press junket snarked American EU Dude.
— American EU Dude 🇺🇸🇪🇺😎 (@AmericanEUDude) July 1, 2021
Meanwhile on her way to Slovenia, Commission Vice President Vera Jourova was looking forward to the discussions on #RuleofLaw, including media freedom and pluralism, and also on the cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency.
On my way to Slovenia, with my @EU_Commission colleagues. I look forward to the discussions on #RuleofLaw, including media freedom and pluralism, the Conference on the Future of Europe, security, migration and also on the cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency. 🇸🇮 🇪🇺#EU2021SI pic.twitter.com/NQM7sPbe50
— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) July 1, 2021
Staying with Europe’s mini Trumpesque dictators. Hungary’s Viktor Orban has published anti-EU sponsored content in far right-wing Spanish press. Much to the alarm of many including Alberto Alemanno.
📬Viktor Orban publishes anti-EU sponsored contents in Spanish right-wing @abcespana
1. Let’s stop EU as super state
2. Stop EU integration
3. NGOs out
4. Mass migration is danger n.1
5. EU Parliament to be replaced but national parliaments
6. Serbia must join EU #hun pic.twitter.com/lRNsETMz7q
— Alberto Alemanno (@alemannoEU) June 27, 2021
How much did Orbán pay to disseminate his anti-Europe propaganda in European newspapers? Asked Valerie Hayer.
Combien Orbán a-t-il payé pour diffuser sa propagande anti-Europe dans les journaux européens ? 😱
Cette vision ultra-conservatrice et dévastatrice, je m'y oppose. Les apprentis dictateurs qui mettent à mal les droits fondamentaux, je m'y oppose aussi. ❌
1/9 ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/obXyPfwIjh
— Valérie Hayer (@ValerieHayer) June 30, 2021
MEP Assistant would be curious to see Orban’s reaction if Rutte, Merkel or Macron bought a full page in a Hungarian newspaper to push back against his vision of Europe and illiberal democracies.
But for that you’d first need some free Hungarian media.
I'd be curious to see #Orban's reaction if Rutte, Merkel or Macron bought a full page in a Hungarian newspaper to push back against his vision of Europe and illiberal democracies.
Well, for that you'd first need some free Hungarian media, granted.
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) June 30, 2021
Indeed, having bought up all critical news outlets in Hungary, the Orbán regime is now trying to buy media space in newspapers across the continent.
Léonie de Jonge is compiling a list to see who does and doesn’t do Orbán’s bidding.
Having bought up all critical news outlets in Hungary, the Orbán regime is now trying to buy media space in newspapers across the continent. Some newspapers have actually decided to run this advertisement. I’m compiling a list to see how far Orbán is taking this. Can you help? https://t.co/SH0W5MfKJB pic.twitter.com/N6SklbTZqk
— Léonie de Jonge (@L_deJonge) June 29, 2021
But fair play to TheTimesofMalta, for defending fundamental rights and turning down Viktor Orban’s advert.
Why we could not accept Viktor Orbán’s advert https://t.co/J0gh3C8NlB
— Times of Malta (@TheTimesofMalta) July 1, 2021
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Finally this week… FOOTBALL!
The biggest match of the week was England-Germany… biggest match in over half a decade if you’re English!
But congrats to the England team for an emphatic win, less support to the England fans who booed the German national anthem.
As Jack Parrock said, it was hard to watch.
Hard to watch England fans booing another country’s national anthem. #ENGGER
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) June 29, 2021
Rafael Behr’s prediction is that the post-Brexit narrative demands a Belgium-England final that includes a couple of really protracted VAR reviews, goes into extra time and ends in penalties.
I think the post-Brexit narrative demands a Belgium-England final that includes a couple of really protracted VAR reviews, goes into extra time and ends in penalties.
— Rafael Behr (@rafaelbehr) June 30, 2021
I’d be totally up for that!
Berlaymonster’s half time analysis meanwhile was rudimentary at best!
Lots of kicks, some nice running about. No best kicks yet in the goal that the goalman doesn’t stop.
Half time analysis.
Lots of kicks, some nice running about. No best kicks yet in the goal that the goalman doesn't stop. https://t.co/AlzanLTTq6
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) June 29, 2021
The other big flashpoint was France Switzerland! And Giuseppe Famà discovering that he’s been living in a Swiss district of Brussels as the Swiss knocked the French out.
— Giuseppe Famà (@FamaNelMondo) June 28, 2021
Laura Shields didn’t even watch the football just listened to the joyful yelling in the neighbourhood.
Just seen the football result. That explains the joyful yelling in our neighbourhood last night then.
— Laura Shields (@mediawhizz) June 29, 2021
Is it me or is Belgium celebrating more France losing than their own victory? Asked Beatriz Rios.
Is it me or is Belgium celebrating more France losing than their own victory?
— Beatriz Ríos (@BeaRios_) June 28, 2021
Bea, it’s not you.
Katy Lee shared this entirely scientific data analysis.
From the state of my Twitter timeline this eve, it feels like this meme was… kind of accurate? https://t.co/S4ORLry5Wz
— Katy Lee (@kjalee) June 28, 2021
In fact, I think that might be an official Eurobarometer graphic!
That’s it for another week.