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Olivia Colman continues winning streak, Russian intern makes MEPs shriek, and leaders meet at Sharm el Sheikh.
I’d like to thank the Academy, my parents, god… yep, last Sunday was the Oscars and we all swooned as the wonderful Olivia Colman took the gong for best actress.
But Paul Dallison knows who the real power behind the throne is.
— Paul Dallison (@pdallison74) February 25, 2019
As the film The Favourite, was an Irish-UK-US co-production and received €50,000 in EU funding.
Well done to Olivia Colman for winning the Oscar for best actress. The Favourite, an Irish-UK-US coproduction by Yorgos Lanthimos, received € 50,000 of EU funding for its development, via the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. #Oscars2019 https://t.co/rIPROQRRn5
— Ingi Helgason (@IngiH) February 25, 2019
Many were amused at the EU “shamelessly claiming credit for Olivia Colman’s win”
EU Shamelessly Claims Credit for Olivia Colman's Oscar Win https://t.co/VkjkbakiNi She going to have appear on the bbc with that sticker off the APCs?
— Peter ‘Produce the evidence, MSM’ Martin (@JunkkMale) February 25, 2019
Although in fact five EU-funded films were nominated across various categories pointed out Glen Keith Campbell
— Glen Keith Campbell (@GlenKCampbell) February 25, 2019
Former EU Commissioner for Culture, Androulla Vassiliou, said said she was very proud of the MEDIA programme.
As former EU Commissioner for Culture I was & still is v. proud of the #MEDIA programme. I am therefore v. happy that #TheFavourite supported by the MEDIA programme, got an #OSCAR for the 1st female actress the superb #OliviaColman & received such an acclaim, internationally.
— Androulla Vassiliou (@VassiliouEU) February 27, 2019
And even European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, weighed in saying “we must support the European audio-visual sector.”
🎥 🎞️ #TheFavourite was financed with EU funding from @europe_creative. Congratulations to Olivia Colman on her Best Actress Award at yesterday's #Oscars We must be proud and support the European audio-visual sector. This is #EuropeForCulture 🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/gqQkvxaYnT
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) February 25, 2019
However an account called Jack did the math: The Favourite’s total budget was estimated at $15mn, making the $56k from the EU 0.0037% of the total budget.
The Favourite's total budget was estimated at $15mn, making the $56k from the EU 0.0037% of the total budget.https://t.co/Vjvd3qjY2F
— Jack (@X21JRS) February 25, 2019
This week we also learned that the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s spokesman is working as an intern in the European Parliament in Brussels.
MEP Petras Austrevicius revealed that Yelizaveta Peskova, the daughter of Dmitry Peskov, is a trainee with Aymeric (M-reek) Chauprade, a French radical MEP who has publicly supported the annexation of Crimea.
The daughter of V.#Putin’s spokesman works as an intern in the European Parliament in Brussels. Yelizaveta Peskova a daughter of Dmitry #Peskov, serves as a trainee with A. Chauprade, a French radical who has publicly supported #Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea
— Petras Austrevicius (@petras_petras) February 25, 2019
Christopher Miller pointed out this gives her unhindered access to various EU documents
Yelizaveta Peskova, daughter of Putin's spokesman, works as an intern in the European Parliament in Brussels for a French MEP who supported the annexation of Crimea and has unhindered access to various EU documents, @RFERL has learned. h/t @RikardJozwiak https://t.co/dFyNCOUs5M
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 25, 2019
Spoof account DG MEME rejoiced in the international appreciation our Parliament worldwide. No restrictions apply to whom MEPs hire, but maybe a few guidelines could be useful? #justsaying
DG MEME rejoices in the international appreciation our #Parliament receives world-wide. No restrictions apply to whom the #MEPs hire but maybe a few guidelines could be useful? #justsaying @EURACTIV @Europarl_EN pic.twitter.com/K6Eg1cES2K
— DG MEME (@meme_ec) February 26, 2019
Former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said he could name many smart young European citizens, especially from countries once subjugated by the USSR, whose daddies don’t wear €600,000 watches, who are far more deserving of a European Parliament internship.
I can name many smart young European *citizens*, especially from countries once subjugated by the USSR and still suffering from the aftereffects and whose daddies don't wear €600,000 watches, who are far more deserving of a European Parliament internship. https://t.co/bXDRCPtkmU
— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) February 25, 2019
Finally last weekend also saw the first EU Arab Summit at Sharm el Sheikh.
Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said he was grateful to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for bringing the 49 European and Arab leaders together.
Grateful to President @AlsisiOfficial and to all 49 European and Arab leaders for this successful #EULASSummit. We will build our future together not against each other.https://t.co/IpaJHFsjtn pic.twitter.com/nS0T3a5tel
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) February 25, 2019
But when asked if he felt bad meeting so many dictators?
Juncker replied “yes, but if I only met crystal clear democrats, my weeks would be over by Tuesday.,” reported Markus Preiss.
Mr #Juncker, don’t you feel bad meeting so many dictators?
— Markus Preiß (@markuspreiss) February 24, 2019
That’s how you subtweet all 28 EU leaders simultaneously said Martini Seltzermeyr.
How to subtweet all 28 EU leaders simultaneously 👇 https://t.co/X7pnM8E8P5
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) February 25, 2019
Donald Tusk said EU needs to “get real” about its relationship with the Arab world.
But ultimately the summit is about reaffirming, warm words rather than any concrete action added Darren McCaffrey.
Donald Tusk says EU needs to “get real” about its relationship with the Arab world. Argues both share many of the same challenges.
Ultimately though summit in sum is lots of reaffirming and warm words rather than any concrete action #EUArabSummit pic.twitter.com/FT2hIKfgKR
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) February 25, 2019
Europenly said the presence of so many EU leaders at the summit reveals Europe’s interest in occupying a regional space that is beginning to be abandoned by the US.
The presence of the leaders of 24 of the 28 member countries at the summit reveals, however, the interest of Europe to occupy a regional space that is beginning to be abandoned by the US and into which China and Russia burst with force. #EUArabSummit pic.twitter.com/GcWzznMKEU
— Europenly (@Europenly1) February 25, 2019
Markus Preiss then asked why the EU is embracing Middle East strongmen?
— Markus Preiß (@markuspreiss) February 24, 2019
But Lars Scholtyssyk took his hat off to Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel who confronted Arab leaders with the fact that he is married to a man and would be persecuted in several of the participating countries.
Hats off to Luxembourg PM @Xavier_Bettel who confronted #EUArabSummit leaders with the fact that he is married to a man and would be persecuted for that in several of the participating countries. https://t.co/5CKNf7LCew
— Lars Scholtyssyk (@lars_scho) February 27, 2019
And although Jucker did meet British Prime Minister Theresa May in Sharm El-Sheikh
— Margaritis Schinas (@MargSchinas) February 25, 2019
Those hoping for a “deal in the desert” were to be disappointed.
Maybe they just wanted a change of scenery for the photo-op, suggested William Milam.
I guess they REALLY don't want to be overheard repeating the same points as they made three months ago. Maybe they think a change of scenery will make their arguments appear different somehow?! The photo-op in Brussels WAS indeed getting old.🙂
— William Milam (@Muggs00454738) February 25, 2019
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