Tweets of the Week: the boys go to Kyiv, Northern Ireland Protocol and Poland Recovery

 

 As Macron, Scholz and Draghi headed to Kyiv to meet with Zelensky after taking the 

night train from Poland.

 

Beyond the symbolic nature of the trip, one Ukrainian official says the discussion will focus on war effort and EU candidacy for Ukraine which Kyiv considers top foreign policy priority and a form of deterrence against Russia in the future.

 

Although Jakub Krupa pointed out they were some three months after several other European leaders…

 

DG Meme put the delay down to “Bloody German Railways”

 

Georgi Gotev reckoned they were trying to channel the three wise men: Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar

 They might fall a bit short of the Biblical mark, but as Teresa Coratella said,  can you  imagine this trip with Conte and Le Pen instead

 

There’s always that Italian guy on the night train who just wants to chat chat chat even when you just want to go to sleep joked Stanley Pignal

 

Adam Bienkov said the British PM is justifying breaking his Brexit deal with the EU on the ‘doctrine of necessity’ which allows states to break international law if they face “grave and imminent peril”.

He’s not convinced this applies to the peril of needing forms to move sausages from GB to N Ireland.

 

Parody Boris account said “It is of course my career that is in ‘grave and imminent peril’ and which justifies breaking international law.

 

And went far beyond Berlaymonster’s fantasy headline

EU TO INCLUDE CHANGING BLUE COVER TO BURGUNDY in LASHBACK OVER PROTOCOL

 

Liz Truss Sells Northern Ireland To Putin In Bid To ‘Fix The Problem Once And For All’ snarked Le Chou News

 

On Wednesday Jorge Liboreiro reported that Brussels will consider freezing the EU-UK trade deal if London goes ahead with its draft bill to override the Northern Ireland Protocol. “I cannot exclude anything,” said Maros Sefcovic. “All options have to be on the table.”

 

And true to his word, the European Commission relaunched infringement procedures against UK plus new procedures in response to move to override the #NorthernIreland protocol

 

“Let’s call a spade a spade: this is illegal” said Sefcovic.

 

Finally this week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visited Warsaw to give the green light to Poland’s €35.4 billion recovery and resilience plan.

 

And in a totally coincidental, not at all related move, Poland no longer resists OECD minimum tax deal — but in a fresh move, Hungary does, reported Marton Dunai. ⁦

 

Orban realised: If Poland gets 36 billion for dropping its veto, he can get money as well, reckoned Green MEP Daniel Freund. Adding, We have to stop this blackmailing! We have to get rid of national vetoes!

 

The Netherlands won’t support the Council decision approving the Polish recovery plan on Friday, as they’re unhappy with milestones said Alberto Alemanno.

 

But as Johannes Jänicke pointed out, they will abstain… which helps no one.

 

Poland’s Prime Minister Now Just Shoots Judges, As EU Rule Of Law Threats Prove To Be Empty tweeted Le Chou.

 

 

 

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